Capsella bursa-pastoris

Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

  • Mother's-heart
  • Shepherd`s-purse
  • جراب الراعي
  • خرفق
  • كيس الراعي
  • jirab el-ra'i
  • kees el-ra'i
  • kharfaq
  • יַלְקוּט הָרוֹעִים
  • yalqut ha-ro'im


  • Batha
  • Disturbed habitats
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.

Activity / Interpretation Traditional

Parts Used



Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

Decoct aerial parts & drink x1 cup as needed.

Aerial partsB
Womens Health

Uterine bleeding


Decoct aerial parts & drink 1 cup x3/day until healing.

Aerial partsB

Other Uses

Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.

System/StateComplaint / Use Activity / Interpretation Preparation and Administration
Parts Used


Diarrhea in sheep & cows

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

Decoct aerial parts & add to animal`s drinking water

Aerial partsB

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Capsella bursa-pastoris contains oxalates & should be avoided in patients with kidney/bile stones & endometriosis. Large doses can caue palpitations. Isothiocyanates can cause irritation & induce goitre. Abortifacient & affects menstrual cycle, therefore avoid in pregnancy & lactation. Can interfere with medications for blood pressure, heart, throid & sedatives. Toxic doses cause respiratory difficulty, enlarged pupils, limb paralysis, sedation & death by respiratory paralysis.