The Best Backyard Weed for Arthritis.


The best remedy for arthritis could be growing in your backyard right now.

  • Introduction: Relieve arthritis pain.
  •  The best remedy for arthritis.
  •  How to use stinging nettle for arthritis.
  • Check out my video on fasting for inflammation and pain!

Today I’m going to share the best remedy for arthritis. This herb is probably in your backyard and can greatly help with arthritis, muscle pain, or joint pain.

The best herb for arthritis is stinging nettle. We don’t know exactly how, but stinging nettle greatly helps reduce inflammation and pain.

Stinging nettle is edible and contains a lot of nutrition. But, for arthritis, you may want to try using it topically. If it’s not already growing near you, consider growing stinging nettle instead of buying a supplement.

Stinging nettle root can also be used to help with prostate enlargement, and the leaves can be used to help reduce histamines. Stinging nettle also acts as a natural aromatase inhibitor, so it’s great for those who have too much estrogen.


Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! Stinging nettle is the best remedy for arthritis. Give it a try to help relieve arthritis pain.


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  1. I grew up in Eastern Europe and we used stinging nettles for health remedies and even sauteed it like spinach with garlic and oil and served it as a side dish. Thanks, Dr. Berg, for sharing your wisdom.

  2. Hi Dr. Berg.This plant consumed in Turkey as a food .There are many good recipes goes well with it .People are eating it hundreds of years .There are many herbs that very beneficial for health and very few people knows about it .I am surprised that you know about nettle .I also work in medical lab and like to ask people about eatable herbs.i can give you alot of herbs names for research. Love to work with you lol

  3. I wish I knew this when I was younger and my grandma was alive. She suffered quite badly from her early forties to late eighties with arthritis. Great info Dr. Berg, the natural remedies are always better than the pharmaceuticals.

  4. My grandma used to make soup out of this weed or like spinach substitute during spring time some 50 years ago. It was delicious! She often used it as anti- inflammatory treatment for her arthritis. She also used a lot of herbs and plants for different types of health problems. For example she used to make tea from blackberry leaves for Inflammation of the kidneys, I still remember and use some of her home remedies.

  5. Here’s my story. Years ago I had a bad case of eczema on my legs and hands: the itch drove me crazy. I would scratch my self till I bled. Unable to find relief from the itch, I rubbed gasoline, paint thinner and other caustics to kill the itch. The greater pain actually brought some relief. Then one day I thought of stinging nettle! I figured the pain and the numbness would definitely bring some needed relief. I whipped myself with the plant in the affected areas. I swelled up a bit, and the initial pain countered the awful itch, and the numbness did bring relief. Here’s the unbelievable part. I did this no more then 3 different times, perhaps over the course of a month, AND MY ECZEMA DISAPPEARED!! Never to return. What a beautiful relief. I’m not a Doc, and I’m not recommending just anyone try this, I’m just saying it worked for me. That was 40 years ago. If you try it and it works for you, be sure to give this post the credit. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this information with us!

  6. Dr. Eric. I am from Uttarakhand, a Himalayan state in India.There the exact same remedy has been practiced since ages. Amazing to see you too talking about it🙏

  7. Couldn’t agree more Eric. I cured severe hip pain of many months by stinging myself periodically for a few weeks. That was over 25 years ago.
    I also make the most delicious soup throughout spring and summer (only with new growth leaves) older leaves should not be consumed.
    Nettle is a super natural healer.😊

  8. I have osteo arthritis and this weed grows like crazy in my backyard. As of today I’m going for it. Thanks for reminding, Dr. Berg 💯❤

  9. Nettles are great plants! My grandpa used to treat his arthritis by walking through them regularly. The seeds are natural power food. So many benefits and ways to use them. Everyone should have them in their garden!

  10. Probably the Incas also know about this plant and the bee sting, because in my country, Ecuador, they been using these two methods for centuries
    Thank you Dr Berg, you’re doing a very good informing us in a good way

  11. Thank you so much for the very useful content, Dr. Berg! Every video on this channel is pure gold. 😊

  12. Thank you for the insightful tutorial. : ) Nettle tea and added to soups is amazing, and a great spring tonic. One thing to keep in mind, stinging nettle is very rich in iron. Eating too much in one sitting can cause gastrointestinal distress, extreme constipation… and too much iron over a long period of time can cause a range of issues. Everything in moderation… : ) Thank you again Dr. Berg for your knowledgeable approach to nutrition/health and detailed video tutorials… : )

  13. I have recently diagnosed arthritis in my big toe. Usually gives intermittent discomfort throughout the day. Went outside this morning, grabbed a load of nettles and stung my toe approximately 20 times. Zero discomfort all day – as if I had no arthritis at all! This could be a winner…

    • @Mason you asked ”how long do the nettles sting”, try it and see! heh heh… its only a short while, just like a bee sting, probably less.

    • @RadialWavelite The needle stinks for about a few hours to almost 24 hours
      But it’s not like poison ivy or poison oak
      We have a piece of land that we go quite often and we have lots of stinging nettles and I’m always doing it intentional stinging myself with it ,and showing other people and friends that never seen it Lol I wanted them to try it .
      But there’s an answer for it if you don’t like the way stings your hand or your knee you can use fern leaves and rub it on the area that you touch and is eating ,and it goes away
      Have a blessed day

    • @BuyThis&That Thank you so much for sharing this information with me.I have early onset arthritis and have already had one knee replacement.The knee replacement has been a terrible experience.Blessings to you.🕊️

  14. I have to confirm that info about stinging nettle. When I lived back in Europe I used to have arthritis pain every winter and was very weather sensitive. Then I read some books about this plant, it stings with the same chemical as ants. We call it ants acid. So, we had a lot of this “weed” in our backyard. One day I took a bunch of stinging nettle (wear gloves) and whipped my knees with it. It was painful! Than for the whole day I felt like needles in my knees or like ants are crawling. I did that once! And I didn’t have that pain again for the whole winter. We also have a remedy for arthritis with ants acid – take a bottle of live ants and add some alcohol to it. When ants die they release that acid which is remedy for arthritis. I know it sounds cruel, forgive me for that, but that’s what I knew from old book. And yes, we made soup from stinging nettle, early spring when food is scarce and body needs that vitamin boost… and tea, it is well known for its medicinal properties.

  15. Great video Dr. Berg! I hope to see more about incorporating these types of safe and inexpensive natural herbs in improving health. This was amazing! Thanks.

  16. This is my most favourite plant, ever! It’s also fantastic for allergies…… made into a tea. When you dry it or cook it, the sting disappears. We use it as a winter vegetable, steamed with lemon juice, drizzle of olive oil, S & P. Also use it in stews and soups. We also infuse it… dry it, fill a jar with dried nettle, cover with olive oil, jar in cool dark cupboard, shake every other day, 6 weeks. Remove the nettle and use the oil on joints. Make a strong tea of it (overnight infusion) use as a hair rinse, great for restoring hair.this is a wonder herb. 🌞 Loving your content these days Dr Berg. Thank you.

    • I forgot to say, in dry climates like Adelaide it only tries to take over in winter and spring. In the hot weather it dies right back, thats the time to mulch it so it doesn’t grow back bigger and stronger next year

    • You can also make a nettle infused oil for your scalp. I usually make one with burdock, nettle, horsetail. All or any combo. I make a nettle tincture for allergies. The tea was too drying for my constitution. Something to keep in mind (drying).

    • I grew up on a river and swamps plus forest. I discovered stinging nettle the hard way I had such a painful swollen rash on My skin that lasted for the rest of the day. How can it have anti histamine properties if it caused all this swelling from My histamine. No thanks its all yours.

  17. Many years ago a friend of my told me about her grandfather who had crippling arthritis. He was stung while gardening by a number of bees and his arthritis left him – permanently! Thank you once again for this valuable information, especially regarding stinging nettle.

  18. Doctor in Europe we are using this plant for probably 1000 years. It is very important plant. After ww2 war they give this plant in different forms to children to supplement their nutrition because food wasn’t available. You are doing excellent work with keeping people informed to stay healthy. Your videos are best blueprints to keep healthy. Thanks

    • @T Nguyen the latin name of the plant is mentioned in the video, and the presenter puts up that info on a cue card so viewers can see it. Near the start of the video. Latin names are good, as they can be used worldwide (botanists everywhere always refer to plants by the latin name, even in Asia)

    • @Sule Land well you may be on to something. Dandelions are considered a weed and are very healthy too. Not like nettle lol but healthy

    • @M that’s the histamine in the stinger. Same as a bee sting just not as potent. When cooked, or made into tea it deactivates for lack of a better term the stinging part of the plant so it won’t sting you going down lol

  19. Would love to see more of natural plant videos Dr Berg.
    I remember learning about wild lettuce and its amazing sedative and pain relieving abilities.

    • If your interested in learning about herbal remedies and how to prepare them, check the YouTube channel called Rain Country. She is a really good one on that kind of stuff.

    • You’re right, my mom told me that when one of my older brothers wouldn’t let them sleep at night, she would bathe him in lettuce “tea” to call it somehow. she would boil the lettuce for a min and then pour it in the 🛁 with little bit of clean water and bathe him and he would sleep all night

  20. I was born and raised in South Africa. I thought my mom was crazy when she used to drink and eat weed. She knows pretty much every weed and its benefits. Now the doctor have confirmed 🥰 Thank you for the clarity

    • @Sasa Z I am from Durban here in South Africa. How can I get this please. My ma has very severe arthritis and I am starting now.

    • @Resha Umichand it’s everywhere. Look around your yard or anywhere where there’s a lot of weeds. When it touches your skin you will itchy. Hope your mom feels better

    • Hi’ How are you, am South African. Please can you ask your Mom if maybe she knows what it is called SA. My Mom and Aunty need it badly. Thank you..

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