How does the herb nettle help reduce pain?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD

Nettle contains a variety of natural chemicals, such as cyclooxygenase and lipooxygenase, that may slow the enzymes that trigger inflammation. In fact, nettle leaf has been used for years in Germany as a safe treatment of arthritis.

In a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, researchers applied stinging nettle leaves to the hands of twenty-seven arthritis sufferers. After one week, they found that stinging nettles not only significantly reduced pain, but also that the level of that pain stayed lower through most of the treatment. They concluded that nettles contain serotonin and histamine, both neurotransmitters that affect pain perception and transmission at the nerve endings.

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