Common name: Shepherd's Purse, Witches' Pouches, Rattle Pouches, Lady's Purse, Case-Weed
Part used: Aerial parts
Habitat: Common in grassland and meadows around the world except in tropical regions.
Folklore and History: The latin name is very linked to the common name; capsella means 'small box', bursameans 'purse' and pastoris 'shepherd'. These names and similarly common names in French and German relate to the small heart o purse shaped fruit pods which resembled an old design for handheld leather pouches.
Constituents: Flavonoids, glucosinolate, tannins, choline, amines, rich in iron, nitrate, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamins C and K, potassium salts, carotenoids.
Actions: Astringent, diuretic, anti-haemorrhagic, styptic, coagulant, vasoconstrictor, cooling and drying
Traditional and current uses:
• Persistent or heavy uterine bleeding
• Symptpmatic relief from heavy or excessive menstrual bleeding
• Minor skin abrasionsand cuts, nosebleeds, bruising (topical application)
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