SHEPHERD'S PURSE
(Capsella bursa-pastoris)
extracted by tincture in food grade alcohol

Coagulant / Diuretic / Astringent / Antihaemorrhagic / Antiyretic


Plant Description:
From the plant family Cruciferae, Shepherd’s Purse gains its name from the purse-like shape of its seed pods and has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine. It is a common weed in many areas of the world, with lanceolate leaves arranged in a rosette around the central flowering stems. The leaves have been eaten as a vegetable (similar to cabbage) in the diets of traditional peoples.

Historical Notation:
During the 19th century, Shepherd’s Purse was used by doctors as the principal remedy for uterine bleeding.

Constituents - Chemicals & Nutrients:
choline, acetylcholine and tyramine, saponin, mustard oil, flavonoids, polypeptides, histamine, tyramine, vitamins A, B, C

Common Usage:
Shepherd’s Purse has been used to regulate menstruation during puberty, stop internal bleeding, stop nose bleeds, control chronic diarrhea and colic, stimulate intestinal contraction, increase urine flow, treat kidney urinary tract infections, and for disinfection of the urinary tract in cases of cystitis.

Dosage:
For kidney or urinary tract infections, take 1 teaspoon in warm water 3 times daily. For heavy menstrual bleeding, cystitis and diarrhea, take up to 2 teaspoons in warm water 3 times a day.

Warnings:
Shepherd’s Purse regulates circulation and blood pressure. If you are on any type of blood pressure medicine, do not take in combination with this tincture. If you have a history of blood clots, do not take this tincture. Shepherd’s Purse may interact unfavorably with sedative medications such as benzodiazepines, alcohol, barbiturates and certain antihistamines.

Shepherd’s Purse should not be taken while you are pregnant as it may have some oxytocin effects. Oxytocin is a hormone which causes contraction of the uterus during labor and may cause premature birth or harmful uterine contractions. Herbalists have used this herb traditionally to assist during labor, however avoid excessive use during lactation. Isothiocyanate found in Shepherd’s purse may interfere with thyroid function if taken in excessive amounts.



Note: This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.