I have been harvesting and eating stinging nettle. While browsing information...

Asked May 25, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

I have been harvesting and eating stinging nettle. While browsing information online, I came across a reference to nettle that indicated consuming nettle after it begins to flower may damage the kidneys. With further study, I found Paul Pritchford in his book "Healing with Whole Foods" referring to the kidney tonic effects of nettle. So now I am confused - can flowering nettle damage the kidneys or not? Would you have a source that can answer this question? I really appreciate your help with this. Julia Cubit

Frederick County Maryland herbs

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Although we know a bit about herbs, we are not medical people, so we will refer you to a UMD medical site and to your internist for the answer to your questions about stinging nettle toxicity. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/stinging-nettle-000275.htm Please discuss this with your internist. http://poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/the-poison-help-line/index.html might also be of help. vw