Parts used: Entire plant
Astringent, diuretic, febrifuge, hemostatic, purgative (mild), stimulant
Calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, tin, vitamins C, E and K, zinc
During World War I and World War II, when traditional medications were in short supply, shepherd’s purse tea was used out of necessity to control bleeding due to casualties of war.
Shepherd’s purse has historically been used for hemorrhaging after childbirth, excessive menstruation and internal bleeding in the lungs and colon. Properties in shepherd’s purse act as a blood coagulant. The herb can be applied externally to sores, wounds, nosebleeds and bruises. It helps constrict the blood vessels and is used to regulate blood pressure and heart action. It acts as a stimulant and tonic for catarrh of the urinary tract which is indicated by mucus in the urine.
Shepherd’s purse has also been found to contain components that lower blood pressure and stimulate uterine contractions. For this reason, it should not be used during pregnancy.