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(Toywort)  Shephards Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris



Family: Cruciferae

---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

Active Compounds:

Flavonoids; luteolin-7-rutinoside and quercitin-3-rutinoside

Polypeptides of undetermined structure

Plant acids; fumaric and bursic acids

Bases; choline, acetylcholine, histamine, tyramine.

---Medicinal Actions and Uses---

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.

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