Headache, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Irregular bleeding between menstrual periods (metrorrhagia), Nosebleeds, Bleeding from blood vessels (hemorrhage), Swelling (inflammation) of the bladder (cystitis), Burns, Wound healing, Bruising, Varicose veins
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Shepherd's purse is a common weed. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Shepherd’s purse, (Capsella bursa-pastoris), plant of the mustard family (Brassicaceae). Native to the Mediterranean region, shepherd’s purse has become naturalized worldwide and is a common lawn and roadside weed. The plant is most conspicuous in the spring and is distinguished for its flat heart-shaped green fruits that are borne along the inflorescence stalks. The terminal clusters of tiny four-petaled flowers are white. Below the seeds are small arrow-shaped clasping stem leaves. The plants, which sometimes reach 45 cm (18 inches) in height, form a rosette of deeply cut or almost entire basal leaves
Shepherd's purse is used for nosebleeds, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), abnormally heavy bleeding during menstrual periods (menorrhagia), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work?
Shepherd's purse might decrease bleeding, stimulate muscles, and increase uterine contractions.
Possible side effects include:
- Pregnancy: Shepherd's purse is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin during pregnancy. It might cause the uterus to contract or start menstruation, resulting in miscarriage.
- Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if shepherd's purse is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- Heart conditions: Shepherd's purse might interfere with treatment for heart conditions. It's best to avoid using shepherd's purse if you have a heart condition.
- Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis): Shepherd's purse contains chemical compounds called oxalates, which can form kidney stones. If you have had kidney stones in the past, it's best to avoid using shepherd's purse.
- Surgery: Shepherd's purse can affect the central nervous system. There is a concern that it might slow down the central nervous system's activity too much when combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Stop using shepherd's purse at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
- Thyroid conditions: Shepherd's purse might interfere with treatment for thyroid conditions. It's best to avoid using shepherd's purse if you have a thyroid condition.
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