Simple Herbal Extracts | Shepherd's Purse


Shepherd's Purse

Botanical Name

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Part Used

aerial parts


Pregnancy; use cautiously if history of kidney stones*

Traditional Information*

A styptic and anti-hemorrhagic for use in menorrhagia, bleeding ulcers, excessive post partum bleeding, blood in the urine and bleeding hemorrhoids. It is also an astringent and diuretic indicated for cloudy, foul-smelling urine, urinary tract infections, urethritis, diarrhea and dysentery. The Eclectic physicians used Capsella for fibroids, especially with heavy bleeding.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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