Published September 18, 1986; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)
Bursae pastoris herba, shepherd's purse herb.
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.
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.