Shepherd's Purse Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Other Names : Capsella, caseweed, mother's-heart, and shovelweed.
Shepherd's purse comes from the leaves and stems of Capsella bursa-pastor is. A member of the mustard family, this white-flowered, weedy annual has flat, heartshaped pods.
Shepherd's purse is an astringent diuretic herb with good urinary antiseptic, as well as blood coagulant properties. It contains flavonoids (rutin, diosmin, hesperidin), amino acids (proline), monoterpenoids and glucosinolates, as well as various amines (such as acetylcholine, choline and tyramine) and saponins.
Description of the herb shepherds purse
The plant is green, but some what rough with hairs. The main leaves,2 to 6 inches long, are very variable in form, either irregularly pinnatifid or entire and toothed. When not in flower, it may be distinguished by its radiating leaves, of which the outer lie close to the earth.
The slender stem, which rises from the crown of the root, from the centre of the rosette of radical leaves, is usually sparingly branched. It is smooth, except at the lower part, and bears a few, small, oblong leaves, arrow-shaped at the base, and above them, numerous small, white, inconspicuous flowers, which are self-fertilized and followed by wedge-shaped fruit pods, divided by narrow partitions into two cells, which contain numerous oblong yellow seeds. When ripe, the pod separates into its two boat-shaped valves.
The odour of the plant is peculiar and rather unpleasant, though more cress-like than pungent.
It has an aromatic and biting taste, but is less acrid than most of the Cruciferae, and was formerly used as a pot-herb, the young radical leaves being sold in Philadelphia as greens in the spring. It causes taint of milk when freely eaten by dairy cattle.
Common doses of Shepherd's Purse
Shepherd's purse comes as dried herb and liquid extract. Some experts recommend the following doses:
Uses of Shepherd's Purse herb
Shepherd's Purse is used to treat diarrhea, treat and prevent duodenal ulcers. Stops internal and external bleeding, treats urinary problems, and as a wound remedy.
Side effects of Shepherd's Purse
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of shepherd's purse:
Are there any interactions?
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use shepherd's purse while taking:
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Most of what we know about shepherd's purse comes from test tube and animal studies. Until studies on people are completed, medical experts don't recommend this herb for medicinal purposes.
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