Capsella bursa pastoris
SHEPHERD'S PURSE, MOTHER'S HEART, STRANGURY
A traditional medicine for
stopping bleeding, shepherd's purse is still given by herbalists for many
forms of bleeding, both internal and external, as well as for urinary tract
problems. Its pale-green hairy leaves are used to make an infusion or
The distinctive heart-shaped fruit of
C. bursa pastoris resemble the purses that people in medieval Europe used to hang from their belts, hence the common name of shepherd's purse.
Native to Europe, it has
spread to all temperate parts of the world, and has long been popular in traditional medicine for stopping bleeding.
It is a low-growing annual herb with irregular, pale
green, hairy leaves, and inconspicuous white flowers throughout the year.
fumaric and bursic acids; tryamine, choline and acetylcholine; glucosinolates.
Prevents haemorrhage; a urinary antiseptic; mildly increases urine production.
Given for many forms of bleeding, from nose bleeds and internal bleeding to excessive menstrual loss.
Also used in urinary tract infections and for kidney stones.