The Potential Antiandrogenic Effects of Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle: More studies needed of this interesting herb.

Stinging nettle has been around a long time. It has been used in traditional medicine circles for it’s anti-inflammatory and diuretic effects.

There are no good studies to date pertaining to its effects in hair loss. However, there are interesting studies in other areas of medicine that support a potential antiandrogenic benefit at doses of 300-600 mg daily. In a very small 2014 study, levels of testosterone and free testosterone and DHEAS were found to be reduced by this herb and clinical parameters like acne, irregular menstrual cycles and oily skin were improved in women using the herb.


It’s still far to premature to say that stinging nettle might have benefits for hair loss. However, this is a first small study that will hopefully fuel additional studies.


Najafipou et al. Therapeutic effects of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) in women with Hyperandrogenism. International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review, 2014.

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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