Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) is a member of the Brassicaceae family and is one of the most common and widely distributed flowering plants in the world. It has been used as a folk remedy to treat numerous conditions in humans, including diarrhea and bleeding, and to stimulate uterine contractions.
High-quality studies evaluating shepherd's purse for any use in humans are currently lacking.
Blindweed, bourse de pasteur (French), Brassicaceae (family), Capsella bursa-pastoris spp., 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, shepherd's bag, shepherd's scrip, shepherd's sprout, shepherin I, shepherin II, Soxhlet benzene extracts, witches' pouches.
These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.