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SHEPHERD'S PURSE

Other Names:

Blind Weed, Bolsa del Pastor, Bolsa-de-Pastor, Bourse à Berger, Bourse-à-Pasteur, Bourse de Capucin, Boursette, Bursae Pastoris Herba, Capsella, Capselle, Capselle a Pasteur, Capselle Bourse-à-Pasteur, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Caseweed, Cocowort...
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SHEPHERD'S PURSE Overview
SHEPHERD'S PURSE Uses
SHEPHERD'S PURSE Side Effects
SHEPHERD'S PURSE Interactions
SHEPHERD'S PURSE Dosing
SHEPHERD'S PURSE Overview Information

Shepherd's purse is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Shepherd's purse is used for heart and circulatory problems including mild heart failure, low blood pressure, and nervous heart complaints. It is also used for headache, vomitingblood, blood in the urine, diarrhea, and bladder infections.

Women use shepherd's purse for premenstrual problems, long periods, and menstrual cramps.

Shepherd's purse is sometimes applied directly to the skin for nosebleeds, superficial burns, and bleeding skin injuries.

How does it work?

Shepherd's purse might decrease bleeding, stimulate muscles, and increase uterine contractions.

SHEPHERD'S PURSE Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Headache.
  • Heart problems.
  • Premenstrual complaints.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of shepherd’s purse for these uses.


SHEPHERD'S PURSE Side Effects & Safety

Shepherd's purse seems to be safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in small amounts. It can cause drowsiness, changes in blood pressure, thyroid function changes, and heart palpitations.

An overdose of shepherd's purse might cause paralysis, breathing difficulty, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Shepherd's purse is UNSAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin during pregnancy. It might cause the uterus to contract or start menstruation, resulting in miscarriage.

Not enough is known about the safety of using shepherd's purse during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Heart conditions: Shepherd's purse might interfere with treatment for heart conditions. It’s best to avoid using shepherd's purse if you have a heart condition.

Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis): Shepherd's purse contains chemical compounds called oxalates, which can form kidney stones. If you have had kidney stones in the past, it’s best to avoid using shepherd's purse.

Surgery: Shepherd's purse can affect the central nervous system. There is a concern that it might slow down the central nervous system’s activity too much when combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Stop using shepherd's purse at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Thyroid conditions: Shepherd's purse might interfere with treatment for thyroid conditions. It’s best to avoid using shepherd's purse if you have a thyroid condition.

SHEPHERD'S PURSE Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with SHEPHERD'S PURSE

    Large amounts of shepherd's purse might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking shepherd's purse along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.
    Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.

  • Thyroid hormone interacts with SHEPHERD'S PURSE

    The body naturally produces thyroid hormone. Shepherd's purse might decrease how much thyroid hormone the body produces. Taking shepherd's purse along with thyroid hormone might decrease the effectiveness of thyroid hormone.


SHEPHERD'S PURSE Dosing

The appropriate dose of shepherd's purse depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for shepherd's purse. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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