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Capsella bursa pastoris


Bleeding, e.g. nosebleed (epistaxis), bleeding hemorrhoids, heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), gum bleeding ...


Composition :
100% Capsella bursa pastoris herba - 320 mg

Part used :
Entire herb including seeds

Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa pastoris) is a genus in the Cabbage or Crucifers (‘crossbearing’) family (Brassicaceae) native to eastern Europe and western Asia, but naturalized and considered common in many parts of the world (especially in colder climates). Unlike most flowering plants, it flowers almost all year round.

Shepherd’s Purse is cultivated for food, to supplement animal feed, for cosmetics and for medicinal use. It’s bio-active ingredients include Bursin, bursic acid, choline, acetylcholine, histamin, tyramin, saponins, flavanoids and potassium salts, which not only are hemostyptic (sealing injured blood vessels) but also have blood vessel constricting properties (vasoconstriction). Shepherd’s Purse also displays ability to both lower and raise blood pressure due to muscarinic activity on the nervous system. Further research is needed to fully understand the molecular mechanisms for the actions. The plant is a light laxative.

History: Over many centuries, Shepherd’s Purse was used in folk medicine to stop bleeding; Hippocrates used it and so did Hieronymus Bock (a german botanist, physician and Lutheran minister of the 16th century).

Note: See a physician if a bleeding of unclear cause occurs (e.g. uterine bleeding).


Take 2-6 capsules daily, with plenty of water.