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Herb Information
Name: Shephards Purse
Biological Name: Capsella bursa-pastoris

Cruciferae

Other Names: Shephards Purse, cocowort, shepherd's heart, pickpocket, toywort, pick purse, St. James' weed, St. James' wort, St. Anthony's fire, pepper grass, shepherd's sprout, mother's heart, case wort, permacety
Parts Used: Aerial parts
Active Compounds:
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Flavonoids; luteolin-7-rutinoside and quercitin-3-rutinoside

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Polypeptides of undetermined structure

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Plant acids; fumaric and bursic acids

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Bases; choline, acetylcholine, histamine, tyramine.

Remedies For:

Astringent, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, detergent, vulnerary, styptic.

Used wherever a gently diuretic is called for, for instance in water retention due to kidney problems. As an astringent it will prove effective in the treatment of diarrhea, wounds, nose bleeds, and other conditions. It has specific use in the stimulation of the menstrual process whilst also being of use in the reduction of excess flow.

Traditionally used for hemorrhage after child birth, and all other internal hemorrhages, bleeding from lungs, fever, kidney complaints, bleeding piles, and hemorrhoids.

Combinations : Combines well with Agrimony, Cranesbill or Periwinkle

Dosage:

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 1- minutes. If it is used for menstrual conditions, it should be drunk every 2-3 hours during and just before the period. Otherwise drink it three times a day.

Tincture: take l-2ml of the tincture three times a day.

Safety: 

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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