Shepherd's Purse (Bursae pastoris herba)

Published September 18, 1986; Revised March 13, 1990.
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Name of Drug

Bursae pastoris herba, shepherd's purse herb.

Composition of Drug

Shepherd's purse herb consists of the fresh or dried, above-ground parts of Capsella bursa pastoris (L.) Medikus [Fam. Brassicaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.



Symptomatic treatment of mild menorrhagia and metrorrhagia, topical application for nose bleeds. External:

Superficial, bleeding skin injuries. Contraindications None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

10 - 15 g of drug; equivalent preparations. Topical use:

3 - 5 g of herb per ¾ cup of water as tea. Fluidextract (according to Erg. B. 6):

Daily dosage: 5 - 8 g. Mode of Administration Comminuted drug for tea and other galenical preparations for internal use and external application.


Parenteral application only:

Muscarine-like effects with dose-dependent lowering and elevation of blood pressure; Positive inotropic and chronotropic cardiac effects; Increased uterine contraction.