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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nettle, Saw Palmetto and DiHydroTestosterone

The hormone dihydrotestosterone is linked to prostate growth and hair loss. Taking the root of nettle (Urtica dioica) or the berries of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) inhibits the phagy of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone by prostate tissue and inhibits the binding of DHT to cellular receptors; they are also both hypotensive (they lower blood pressure).

Studies show that saw palmetto is 90% effective in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia, but its use extends beyond that. It tones the ovaries, mammary glands and male reproductive system and increases muscular power to expel urine.

The lectin chemicals in nettle root help fight HIV. Taking nettle improves urine flow but reduces urinary frequency and nocturia and decreases residual urine. The leaf is better for prostatitis (the root for BPH), inflammation, allergies and arthritis.

The hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) chemical in nettle is named urticin. All urination expels electrolytes. Holding urine in the bladder damages the kidneys if if the bladder starts to overflow back into them.

All information in this post is taken from Medical Herbalism and The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs.

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