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Capsella bursa-pastoris  (Linn.) Medic.

   

Botanical Name

:

Capsella bursa-pastoris (Linn.) Medic.

English Name

:

Shepherd's Purse

Family

:

Brassicaceae

 

General Info

Description

An erect, pubescent, annual herb, up to 80 cm in height. Radical leaves in a rosette, petioled, entire to pinnatipartite, with attenuate, unequal to sinuate-dentate segments; cauline leaves sessile, small, amplexicaul, with hastate base; flowers white in racemes; siliculae glabrous, 5 mm x 7 mm, flat; seeds numerous, ellipsoid-oblong punctate.

Herb Effects

Lessens permeability of walls of blood vessels (leaf and flower); lowers blood pressure, bitter, pungent, astringent, febrifugal, emmenagogue, hemostatic, diuretic and antiscorbutic (plant).

Links

Australian Naturopathic Network

Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Quercetin, choline, luteolin, 3-rutinoside, beta-sitosterol and sinigrin (plant); hesperidin and rutin (flower); camphor (essential plant oil); biogenic amines, diosmin and various saponins.

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
Product Categories

Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Quercetin Not Available 2-(3,4-dihydroxyphen
yl)-3,4,5-trihydroxy
-chromen-7-one
C15H10O7 Click Here To Enlarge
Choline 67-48-1 2-hydroxyethyl-trime
thyl-ammonium
C5H14NO+ Click Here To Enlarge
Luteolin Not Available 2-(3,4-dihydroxyphen
yl)-4,5-dihydroxy-ch
romen-7-one
C15H10O6 Click Here To Enlarge
Beta-sitosterol 5779-62-4 17-(5-ethyl-6-methyl
-heptan-2-yl)-10,13-
dimethyl-2,3,4,7,8,9
,11,12,14, 15,16,17
-dodecahydro-1H-cycl
openta[a]phenanthren
-3-ol
C29H50O Click Here To Enlarge
Rutin Not Available 2-(3,4-dihydroxyphen
yl)-4,5-dihydroxy-3-
[3,4,5-trihydroxy-6-
[(3,4,5-tr ihydroxy
-6-methyl-tetrahydro
pyran-2-yl)oxymethyl
]tetrahydropyran-2-y
l] oxy-chromen-7-on
e trihydrate
C27H36O19 Click Here To Enlarge
Camphor 8022-77-3 1,7,7-trimethylnorbo
rnan-2-one
C10H16O Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

For diarrhea, controlling bleeding (especially related to female urogenital tract problems), dropsy, eczema and stones in the urinary tract (plant); in ear ache (plant juice)

Contraindication

Not to be used during pregnancy and individuals with a history of kidney stones should use cautiously.

Reference

Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.


Uniyal et al., Medicinal Flora of Garhwal Himalayas.

Johnson T. CRC Ethnobotany Desk Reference (www.herbweb.com/herbage).

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