Common Names: Urtica; stinging nettle; annual nettle; dwarf nettle.
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 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.
- 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.
- Reactions from eating shellfish.
- Urticaria (hives).
- Simple burns.
Where do I find it?
While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment, see your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.
Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)
For acute and self-limiting complaints, 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. Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that will be required.
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