Know Your Remedies: Urtica urens (Urt-u.)

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Common Names: Urtica; stinging nettle; annual nettle; dwarf nettle.

General Information

Urtica urens (Urt-u.) is mainly used for skin complaints such as urticaria (hives) and  burns. It’s also a useful remedy in types of gout, rheumatism, malaria, shellfish allergy, and agalactorrhea (breast milk deficiency or failure).

Urticaria (Hives)

  • Urticaria from shellfish allergy.
  • Urticaria that alternates with rheumatism.
  • Itching, burning and stinging hives.

Bites and Stings

  • Insect bites and stings that swell, itch and burn.

Burns

  • First and second degree burns.

Breast and Breastfeeding Problems

  • Engorgement following birth.
  • Swelling of breasts with burning and stinging.
  • Failure of letdown reflex or deficient breast milk production.

Limb and Joint Problems

  • Acute gout.
  • Rheumatism or bruised pain of the right deltoid muscle.

Allergies

  • Reactions from eating shellfish.

For Pets

  • Urticaria (hives).
  • Simple burns.

Where do I find it?

Urtica urens (Urt-u.) is available from our online store as a single remedy, and as part of the following Complexes (combination remedies): Bites and Stings; Burns.

Important

While the above self-limiting, acute complaints are suitable for home treatment, see your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, some of which may be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage strategy so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)

Take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 15 minutes to 4 hours (15 minutes for intense symptoms, 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.






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