Shepherd's Purse is the only natural product that is backed by research to lighten heavy menstrual bleeding and cramping. During the 19th century, Shepherd’s Purse was used by doctors as the principal remedy for uterine bleeding.
Constituents: choline, acetylcholine and tyramine, saponin, mustard oil, flavonoids, polypeptides, histamine, tyramine, vitamins A, B, C
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Shepherd’s Purse has been used to regulate menstruation during and after puberty, stop internal bleeding, stop nose bleeds, control chronic diarrhea and colic, stimulate intestinal contraction, increase urine flow, treat kidney urinary tract infections, and for disinfection of the urinary tract in cases of cystitis.
Known Dosage (for Adults) Kidney or Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) : 1 teaspoon in warm water 3 times daily Heavy Menstrual Bleeding, Cystitis and Diarrhea : up to 2 teaspoons in warm water 3 times a day
Shepherd’s Purse regulates circulation and blood pressure. If you are on any type of blood pressure medicine, do not take in combination with this tincture. If you have a history of blood clots, do not take this tincture. Shepherd’s Purse may interact unfavorably with sedative medications such as benzodiazepines, alcohol, barbiturates and certain antihistamines.
Shepherd’s Purse should not be taken while you are pregnant as it may have some oxytocin effects. Oxytocin is a hormone which causes contraction of the uterus during labor and may cause premature birth or harmful uterine contractions. Herbalists have used this herb traditionally to assist during labor, however avoid excessive use during lactation.
Isothiocyanate found in Shepherd’s Purse may interfere with thyroid function if taken in excessive amounts.
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