Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) is an herb that can help stop or control excessive menstrual bleeding. It is beneficial in stopping bleeding in other cases as well, such as with nosebleeds or postpartum hemorrhage, which is heavy bleeding after delivering a baby. Many midwives carry Shepherd’s Purse as an option to use in cases of heavy bleeding after the mother gives birth.
Who Might Benefit From Shepherd’s Purse?
Some women may experience extremely heavy menstrual bleeding accompanied by clots. Or you might have a period that never seems to end, continuing for many days in a row. Fibroids can be an underlying reason why women experience abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding that lasts for much longer than the average 3-7 days. Excessive menstrual flow, or menorrhagia, can be very debilitating and uncomfortable to say the least.
Loss of too much blood can lead to signs and symptoms such as:
- shortness of breath
- decreased iron levels
Shepherd’s Purse stops heavy bleeding by encouraging blood vessels to constrict. It has a long and traditional history of being used for bleeding issues. It is usually combined with other anti-hemorrhagic herbs such as Yarrow. It also pairs well with Lady’s Mantle to control menorrhagia.
Where to Buy Shepherd’s Purse
Shepherd’s Purse is an incredibly effective herbal remedy that should definitely be included in your supplement cabinet, especially if you experience heavy menstrual bleeding or if you are worried about uterine hemorrhage postpartum. It is a strong remedy that works quickly, which is exactly what you need when you are flooding. Having it on hand in tincture form is probably best for quickest results.
You can find Shepherd’s Purse on amazon or iherb. If you need it quickly and can’t wait for shipping then definitely check your local health food store. While you’re there you might like to pick up some Lady’s Mantle and Yarrow to go along with it. If you like you can also buy the herb itself through amazon and drink it as a tea or make your own tincture.
Shepherd’s Purse may stimulate the uterus, so it is generally not recommended during pregnancy. As always remember to refer to a primary care provider or herbalist you trust before taking any herbs.
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