Nearly everyone has been stung by a nettle at some point in their lives, most of us have drunken a refreshing tea from their leaves, and a few of us even add the steamed greens to wonderfully nutritious dishes. But, what about the roots below the ground? They must be good for something too, right? Many roots host an abundance of minerals that are all too often depleted in modern diets.
We all recognize the simple underground parts and roots of onions, turnips, radishes and garlic, though if you take the time to discover the amazing world under the soil you’ll find roots of burdock, dandelion, mugwort, wild yam, Echinacea and gentian that can enhance your health, aid your digestion and give you much needed energy for life.
Nettle root (Urtica dioica) is first and foremost associated with relieving symptoms of enlarged prostates (benign prostatic hyperplasia) especially when taken in combination with saw palmetto. Symptoms of this condition range from frequent urination, to the inability to urinate, or even leading to complete loss of bladder control. As with all aspects of health, prevention is key to a healthy, wholesome life, but when illness takes hold, there are a multitude of herbs you can rely on.
Women can take advantage of the benefits of nettle root too. Not only does it assist in increasing the overall function of the endocrine system, nettle root enhances sexual activity, boosts the immune system, prevents gallstones and colon cancer, as well as frees up many of the debilitating symptoms of menopause. It is increasingly more common for herbalists to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome/disorder (PCOS or PCOD) with nettle root. And, as modern herbal awareness slowly and gradually grows, people will begin to turn to plant strengtheners and stimulants once again.
The reason nettle root provides relief for so many ailments is the presence of Beta-Sitosterol, a plant sterol ester. Not surprisingly, this bioactive compound is also present in saw palmetto (Serenoa repens).
Not a root this time, but a deep purple berry that helps to support normal urinary flow, at the same time limiting inflammation in the prostate gland. Saw palmetto also inhibits the conversion of testosterone into DHT – this benefits hair growth (limits hair loss), strengthens urinary organs and is a natural remedy for kidney stones.
It seems that many times we are relying on exotic herbs to cure our health problems, and although the saw palmetto is native to the West Indies, it also grows in the warmer climates along the southeast coast from South Carolina to Florida. When you approach health in a holistic sense, you’ll soon find that pharmaceuticals leave the picture, and herbal ones (coming from near or far) enter, with fewer, if any, noticeable side effects.
When taking herbal supplements it is likely that your quality of life will increase, if only for the very simple reason that you are providing your body with essential vitamins and minerals that can only be found in plant form.
If your desire is to naturally increase testosterone and improve the health of your prostate, then nettle root and saw palmetto, alone or in combination, may be exactly the herbs you are looking for.