The inhibiting effects of Urtica dioica root extracts on experimentally induced prostatic hyperplasia in the mouse

Planta Med. 1997 Aug;63(4):307-10. doi: 10.1055/s-2006-957688.


Extracts of stinging nettle roots (Urtica dioica L. Urticaceae) are used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). We established a BPH-model by directly implanting an urogenital sinus (UGS) into the ventral prostate gland of an adult mouse. Five differently prepared stinging nettle root extracts were tested in this model. The 20% methanolic extract was the most effective with a 51.4% inhibition of induced growth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Plant Roots / chemistry*
  • Plants, Medicinal / chemistry*
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia / drug therapy*


  • Plant Extracts