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June 3, 2019

Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)

Table 1. Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Common name(s) Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Part(s) Preparation

Urtica dioica

  • Stinging Nettle Aerial Parts Juice
  • Stinging Nettle Juice

Urtica dioica

Herb top


References: Proper name: USDA 2019; Common names: Blumenthal et al. 2000, McGuffin et al. 2000, Source material: ESCOP 2003, Wren 1907.

Route of Administration


Dosage Form(s)

This monograph excludes foods or food-like dosage forms as indicated in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Acceptable dosage forms for any age category listed in this monograph for the specified route of administration are listed in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)

Claims for traditional use must include the term "Herbal Medicine", "Traditional Chinese Medicine", or "Ayurveda".



Adults 18 years and older


Method of preparation: Juice

15 - 45 milliliters of juice of fresh herb top, per day (ESCOP 2003; Blumenthal et al. 2000; Bradley 1992)

Direction(s) for use

No statement required.

Duration(s) of Use


For occasional use only (Berardi et al. 2002; CPA 2002).

Risk Information

Caution(s) and warning(s)

All products except nutritive tonics

Consult a health care practitioner/health care provider/health care professional/doctor/physician if symptoms persist or worsen.


Do not use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding (Barnes et al. 2007; Brinker 2001;Tilgner 1999).

Known adverse reaction(s)

No statement required.

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID) and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.

Storage conditions

No statement required.


References Cited