Nettle spring tops
Traditionally used to treat skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis
Traditionally used to treat inflammatory conditions of the lower urinary tract
Traditionally used as a diuretic
Nettle spring tops have been used therapeutically over the millennia in many different cultures both East and West. For example, ancient Greek physicians noted its diuretic action. Its use occurs moreover in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India and in the medicinal practice of North American aboriginal tribes.
Naturopath William Mitchell notes that the Eclectic physicians of the early part of the last century used nettle leaves "as a diuretic and to flush the kidneys, ureters, and bladder of accumulated detritus (toxins)."
"As a diuretic," health writer and researcher Michael Castleman explains, "nettle can help flush the bladder of the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). Commission E, the expert panel that evaluates herbal medicines for the German counterpart of the FDA, approves nettle leaf preparations for the prevention of UTIs and kidney stones."
Herbal practitioner Michael Tierra points out that, "nettles is a tonic that will benefit the whole body, especially the lungs, stomach, and urinary tract.... Nettles tea is useful for asthma, chronic and acute urinary complaints, urinary stones, nephritis and cystitis."
Yet another contemporary herbalist, Gazmend Skenderi, adverts to nettle's anti-inflammatory and diuretic action and asserts that it is used "for inflammations of the genitourinary tract (cystitis, etc.)... and to prevent relapsing urinary infections."