Stinging nettle might not sound like a herb that can boost your health, but herbalists favor it for its nutritional and medicinal value. Nettle is very high in vitamins and minerals — especially iron, which plays a vital role in women’s health. Nettle has been used as a remedy for anemia and makes a great alternative cure for the symptoms of PMS and menopause.
Nettle is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, silica, iodine, sodium, sulfur, and other elements, including tannin, beta-carotene, and amino acids. It’s easy to understand why the herb is so highly regarded in the world of herbal medicines. Nettle is also a good source of vitamins C and B complex and it apparently offers more protein per serving than any other vegetable — all of which makes it an excellent choice for your nutrition health.
In a clinical trial performed in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, researchers studied the effects of a herbal supplement
containing stinging nettle on 47 pre-menopausal and 49 post-menopausal women. They found that the supplement could help in the reduction of breast cancer risk as well as risk for other estrogen-related cancers in post-menopausal women.
Here’s some more health news on the menopause front: Dong Quai is considered by many herbalists to be the best
female tonic. In fact, Don Quai is often referred to as “the female ginseng.” What makes Don Quai so versatile is its
ability to increase the blood flow to the pelvic area, helping to restore strength and balance, especially to the uterus. Dong Quai has been traditionally used to regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve symptoms of menopause.
In Chinese medicine, Dong Quai is most often used in combination with other herbs, and in formulas to treat liver
and spleen deficiency. Dong Quai is thought to return the body to proper order by nourishing the blood and harmonizing vital energy. The name Dong Quai translates as “return to order” based on its restorative properties. You
can use Dong Quai to treat different conditions at the same time, but keep in mind that research suggests it is particularly helpful for easing the symptoms of menopause.
Talk to your healthcare provider before taking stinging nettle or Dong Quai supplements. As with most supplements and herbs, there are potential drug interactions and side effects. Plus, if you have a particular condition or disease, these supplements may not be for you.