Sheperd's Purse - Capsella Bursa Pastoris

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This Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Shepherd's purse - Capsella bursa-pastoris in the Brassicaceae or Mustard family

Part used: Aerial herb in fruiting stage, needs to be used fresh

Taste/smell: Spicy taste, unpleasant odor.

Tendencies: Drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1-2 tablespoons of fresh herb per cup of water; or 1:2 fresh strength liquid extract: 20-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Shepherd's purse is indicated for atony and prolapse of pelvic organs and passive bleeding.

Use: (a) Hemostatic, (b) Diuretic, (c) Tonifying to pelvic organs.

Shepherd's purse gently stimulates the kidneys and urinary tract, relieves atonic catarrhal conditions and passive hemorrhage from the uterus and other organs. It is used for hemorrhoids, atonic enuresis, atonic menorrhagia and metrorrhagia, bleeding fibroid tumors, diarrhea and gout. Shepherd's purse has been shown to inhibit increase in capillary permeability induced by histamine.

Contraindications: It is a uterine stimulant and is contraindicated in pregnancy unless used under the guidance of a qualified health care professional.

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