Internally, it is commonly used for menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding (Menorrhagia), bleeding after child birth and when there is blood present in urine, stool, and vomit.
Externally, the herb has been used to speed up the healing of minor wounds, cuts and scrapes and as an herbal remedy for varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Some herbalists have also recommended shepherd’s purse as a natural treatment of cystitis, diarrhea, and ailments of the digestive system.
The herb’s ability to stop bleeding can be contributed to a plant protein that acts like the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin stimulates contractions of the smooth muscles surrounding blood vessels, especially those in the womb.
In addition, Chemical analyses done on the herb have shown that it contains substances able to accelerate the coagulation of the blood.
Other Medical Applications
Shepherd’s purse is thought to have a strengthening effect on the uterus and it is considered to stimulate bowel movements, have laxative properties and regulate and invigorate blood circulation.
Traditionally, a tea made from the herb has been used as an herbal remedy for a sore throat, and as a natural treatment for urinary tract infection (UTI).
2oz, 4oz, 1lb