Shepherd's purse

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Shepherd's purse
Latin: Capsella BURSA pastoris.

Spanish: Stock Exchange's Pastor.

French: Bourse d pasta.

English: Shepherd 's áurse.

German: Hirttn - taeschen or Taschen, kraut.

Italian: Borsa di Pastore.

Russian: Kos - zelok Pastuia.

The juice of the plant is a powerful astringent, so its use is common in the vomiting of blood and sputum, dysentery, rule too abundant, blood from the nose. You use the infusion of 30 grams of shepherd's bag in one liter of water.

The plant fresh crushed with vinegar and applied over inflamed parts, removes the pain and reduces inflammation.

The juice of the plant taken in quantity of 30 grams fasting cure gonorrhea (purgation) Failure to achieve the fresh plant, serves the same purpose boil 60 grams of dried plant in a pint of water with a teaspoon of pearl barley and a little bit of camphor.

Leaves and roots, crushed and boiled two minutes, a tablespoon at half liter of water, correcting menstrual abundant.

The plant boiled in a quantity of 30 grams in one liter of water, used as a gargle cold, cure inflammation of the throat.

It is a powerful astringent, so its use is common in the vomiting of blood and sputum.

The juice of fresh plant cure ear suppuration.

Used Part.

Sumidades the air.

Active Principles.

Amines: Hill (0. 2%) histamine, tyramine. Fumaric acid. Flavonoids: quercetin and luteolin - 7 - routines, luteolin - 7 - galactose. Tannins. Saponósidos. Abundant potassium salts. Traces of essential oil sulphide: sinigrina and other glucosinolates. Alkaloids: burserina, yohimbine, ergocristina. Vitamin C.

Drug Action.

Pollen is a vasoconstrictora, hypertensive, diuretic, antiseptic and local hemostasis. Besides oxytocin was considered to be regularized and the menstrual flow.


States that require an increase in urine output: genitourinary disorders (cystitis, ureteritis, urethritis, pyelonephritis, oliguria, urolithiasis) hiperazotemia, hyperuricemia, gout, edema, overweight accompanied by fluid retention.

Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, hypotension, and meno metrorrhagia, bleeding, wound healing, cystitis.


Pregnancy, for its alkaloid content.

Hypertension, treatment with antidepressants type MAOI (see precautions)

Hypothyroidism (see precautions)

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Caution / Poisoning.

For use only by prescription.

It is recommended to prescribe cures in the form of discrete, non - prolonging treatment of more than ten days in a row.

For its content in tyramine, pastor of the stock market may trigger hypertensive crisis in patients who are undergoing treatment with antidepressant MAOI.

Its use as a diuretic in the presence of hypertension or heart disease, should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision, given the possibility of occurrence of decompensation or tension, if the elimination of potassium is considerable, enhancing the effect of cardiac.

Caution though has not been described as a side effect of the bag pastor, many over glucosinolate man carrying an antithyroid, inducing goitre (Mulet, 97; Trease)

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Decoction: 30 - 50 g / l. Infuse 15 minutes. Three cups a day between meals.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 10 to 25 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 5) 30 to 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Use external application of the juice or washed or soaked towels with the infusion or extract fluid on the wounds.


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