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(Toywort) Shephards Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris
---Synonyms--- Shephards Purse, shepherd's heart, pickpocket, toywort, pick purse, St. James' weed, St. James' wort, St. Anthony's fire, pepper grass, shepherd's sprout, mother's heart, case wort, permacety
--Parts Used--- Aerial parts
Flavonoids; luteolin-7-rutinoside and quercitin-3-rutinoside
Polypeptides of undetermined structure
Plant acids; fumaric and bursic acids
Bases; choline, acetylcholine, histamine, tyramine.
Astringent, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, detergent, vulnerary, styptic.
Used wherever a gently diuretic is called for, for instance in water retention due to kidney problems. As an astringent it will prove effective in the treatment of diarrhea, wounds, nose bleeds, and other conditions. It has specific use in the stimulation of the menstrual process whilst also being of use in the reduction of excess flow.
Traditionally used for hemorrhage after child birth, and all other internal hemorrhages, bleeding from lungs, fever, kidney complaints, bleeding piles, and hemorrhoids.