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Shepherd's Purse Tea / Medicinal herb
Shepherd's Purse has been used medicinally for centuries. In Chinese medicine, it is used for dysentery and eye problems.
People still chew the seeds of the Shepherd's Purse to improve their vision. In Europe, Shepherd's Purse has primarily been used in the treatment of bleeding disorders, often in conjunction with Goldenseal. The herb was used to stop hemorrhaging in the stomach, and especially for urinary tract bleeding.
Shepherd's Purse has been used regulate menstrual problems, and by midwives to stimulate uterine contractions and prevent post-partum hemorrhage. It has also been shown to reduce urinary tract irritation and is often used as a mild diuretic.
During World War I, Shepherd's Purse was used by British Soldiers to help slow the bleeding from wounds. It has also been used as a substitute for quinine.
Shepherd's Purse contains saponins, bursinic acid, flavonoids (including Quercetin), choline, beta carotene, and Vitamins B, C, and K. Shepherd's Purse has also been used to treat diarrhea, kidney stones, hemorrhoids, nosebleeds, and varicose veins.
Cautions: Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Excessive or prolonged use is not recommended.
References: Plants for All Seasons,BHMA Scientific Committee.
*This information is based on Traditional and Folklore Medicine which uses natural materials to support health. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.