Nettle Root and Pine Pollen for Male Health
by Don Ollsin MA, Master Herbalist
We in the Pacific North Northwest are blessed to have both of these herbs readily available to us. Last fall I was able to harvest nettle root. This spring I was able to collect pine pollen. Both I made into tinctures.
Stinging Nettle Root
The latest research on nettle root focuses on its usefulness for prostate inflammation and benign prostate hyperplasia. There've been many clinical studies about nettle root that demonstrated its improvement in both of these conditions. BPH is age-related and related to the number of cells triggered to grow in the prostate. Nettles’ benefit for the prostate gland is its work on the hormonal level. Enlarge prostate usually occurs in men over 40. Androgen male hormones like testosterone have been shown to cause an large prostate in endless studies. The main culprit is an extremely potent substance called dihydrotestosterone which in excess causes pathological prostate growth. Estrogens may also cause swelling of the prostate gland. These hormones travel in a free state as well as being bound to proteins. One such binding protein is called sex hormone binding globulin SHBG and its role is to help with hormonal balance in the body. SHBG binds or attaches to hormones and carries them to different receptor sites where they can be utilized differently. In men, estrogen and dihydrotestosterone bound to SHBG are carried to the prostate gland in excessive amounts. This can result in enlarge prostate. Nettle root can interfere or block a number of these hormone related chemical processes. It can block the SHBG from binding to the hormone or in some cases it can stop it from binding to the receptor site of the prostate. It appears that many of the intercellular processes that trigger the prostate to grow and enlarge seem to be inhibited by the nettle root. In one study a nettle root extract showed 30% inhibition of prostate growth in five days another reported inhibited prostate growth in mice by up to 52%. In these studies the average urinary flow increase while urgency and frequency decreased. There were also fewer side effects from taking the herb versus taking a drug.
Pine trees and pine pollen.
The most androgenic part of pine trees is the pollen. Pine pollen is a yellow flower like substance produced in millions each year by pine forests. Unlike the majority of flowering plants, pine trees are wind pollinated. Traditional Chinese physicians prescribe pine pollen for moistening the lungs, relieving rheumatic pain, relieving fatigue, increasing endurance, strengthening the immune system, improving the skin, strengthening the heart, strengthening the G.I. tract and stomach, for increasing mental agility, for prostate problems, increasing agility, and decreasing weight. Interesting that many of these actions are consistent with the intake of exogenous testosterone. What Western researchers have found supports the Chinese use of pine as an anti-aging and vitality enhancing medicine for men. Pine pollen is extremely high in androgens and the amino acids that support healthy endocrine function. Androgens are very potent chemicals and active in very small amounts.
Pine pollen tincture is effective in increasing strength, vitality, libido and optimism. Sexual stamina and erectile function both increase. These effects are, reported among many users.
The nettle root and the pine pollen work synergistically to increase the effectiveness of both herbs in enhancing male health and reducing male problems like enlarged prostate, erectile dysfunction and lack of sexual stamina.
So join my classes and herb walks and learn when and where to harvest these wonderful natural medicines.
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