Shepherd's Purse (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:blindweed, caseweed, more...cocowort, lady's purse, mothers heart, pepper & salt, pickpocket, poor man's parmacettie, St James weed, witches' pouches
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Suggested Dosing

Insufficent reliable evidence on effectiveness

Oral: 1-4 g PO TID

Crushed herb: 10-15 g/d PO (may div TID)

Liquid extract: 5-8 g/d PO (may div TID)

Topical: 3-5 g applied topically

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Suggested Uses

Blood pressure problems, arrhythmias, weak heart, epistaxis, PMS

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            Warnings

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            Pregnancy

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: do not use

            Lactation: N/A

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            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

            Mechanism of Action

            Influences blood pressure, boosts cardiac output/heart rate, promotes uterine contractions; contains saponins, bursinic acid, flavonoids, choline, beta carotene, and Vitamins B, C, and K

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