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Urtica incisa - Scrub nettle

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Urtica incisa is an up-right perennial herb native to streams and rainforest of eastern and southern Australia, from the north–east southwards through the east, of Queensland and New South Wales, then across the south, through Victoria, Tasmania, south-eastern South Australia and parts of southern Western Australia.

Uses

Internal bleeding, Anaemia, Excessive menstruation, Hemorrhoids, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Pimples, Eczema, Arthritic pain

Parts Used

Leaves.

Chemical Composition

The hydrophilic components of nettle, including lectins and polysaccharides, hydrophobic constituents have not been ruled entirely unimportant. Each constituent may have individual effects, with the combination acting differently than any one constituent in isolation.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada
Hindi Stinging Nettle
Malayalam
Tamil
Telugu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Vrscikali
English Stinging Nettle


Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)

Guna

Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry), Tikshna (Sharp)

Veerya

Ushna (Hot)

Vipaka

Katu (Pungent)

Karma

Kapha, Vata

Prabhava

Habit

Herb

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple The soft green leaves are 3-15 cm long are borne oppositely on an erect wiry green stem

[2]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long greenish or brownish 5-20 It bears small greenish or brownish flowers in dense axillary inflorescences, male and female clusters along the spikeFlowers Season is June - August

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
General 7–10 mm Fruit is a small nut With hooked hairs 1 {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds.

How to plant/cultivate

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of the country.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Usually in damp gullies in Australia, Lowland to mountain forests, Forest margins, Shaded open places.

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