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Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Blindweed, bourse de pasteur (French), Brassicaceae (family), Capsella bursa-pastoris, Capsella bursa-pastoris L. Medic, case-weed, clappedepouch (Irish), ergocristine, fumarate, fumaric acid, Hirtentasche (German), lady's purse, mother's heart, mustard family, pepper-and-salt, pick-pocket, pick-purse, poor man's parmacettie, rattle pouches, sanguinary, sheper, shepherin I, sheperin II, shepherd's bag, shepherd's scrip, shepherd's sprout, Soxhlet benzene extracts, witches' pouches.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Shepherds purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), a member of the Brassicaceae family, is one of the most common and widely distributed flowering plants in the world (1;2;3).
  • Shepherd's purse grows and flourishes in most soil types. It is grows in the wild and is also extensively cultivated in some areas of the world.
  • The seeds, leaves, and flowering shoots of shepherd's purse are edible and may be consumed raw or cooked. Seed oil, seed pods, and dried roots are used as flavorings in food.
  • A recent survey revealed that shepherd's purse is among several plants used medicinally in certified organic livestock in British Columbia, Canada (4). It is specifically used to treat wounds and injuries.
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References

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