What to expect from this product:
- Relief from heavy periods (menorrhagia)
- Reduced menstrual flow
- Relief of uterine blood clots
- Relief from painful menstruation
- Elimination of diarrhea
- For urinary tract infections with red blood cells in urine (hematuria)
Shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) has a long history in herbal medicine for the treatment of menorrhagia or heavy clotting, and excessive menstrual flow. It has powerful anti-hemorrhagic and astringent properties making it an invaluable treatment for heavy periods and gynecological hemorrhage. Shepherd’s purse contains a protein that is similar to oxytocin the hormone that causes contraction of the uterus.
Shepherd’s purse is also a treatment for varicose veins, spider veins, hemorrhoids and helps those who bruise easily. Shepherd’s purse has also been used to heal the mucosal membranes of the digestive system where it can reduce gas and bloating and relieve constipation and diarrhea. Shepherd’s purse is useful in gastritis, colitis and other inflammatory gut conditions. It is also an important treatment for those with gout or rheumatic conditions.
What is Heavy Menstrual Flow?
A normal menstrual cycle is considered to occur every 28 days plus or minus 7 days (21-35 days). The duration of flow is between 2–7 days with a volume loss of less than 80 mL or less than 5 tablespoons.
Menorrhagia is menstrual bleeding that lasts more than 7 days and bleeding that is very heavy. How do you know if you have heavy bleeding? If you need to change your tampon or pad after less than 2 hours or you pass clots the size of a quarter or larger, that is heavy bleeding. Untreated heavy or prolonged bleeding can result in anemia, a blood condition that causes hair loss, peeling fingernails, tiredness, irregular heartbeat, dark under-eye circles and further heavy bleeding. Three quarters of all hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) in Canada are performed as a result of unresolved heavy periods.
What Causes Heavy Periods?
- Growths of the uterus like uterine fibroids or uterine polyps
- Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Problems related to pregnancy, such as a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
- Not ovulating
- Ovarian cysts
- Too much estrogen which thickens the uterine lining
- Low thyroid (2/3 of women with low thyroid develop menorrhagia)
- Vitamin K deficiency
- Bleeding disorders like von Willebrand disease
- Platelet disorder
- Chronic low iron
- A deficiency in vitamin A
What is a tincture?
Tinctures are made from by extracting a herb’s medicinal ingredients using alcohol. Tinctures provide rapid absorption and a higher bioavailability of the active ingredients. For quality and taste we use drinking alcohol in the process to make our Shepherd’s purse tincture.
- Mix 2.5 mL (1⁄2 teaspoon) in water, every three hours during the first 2-3 days of menstrual flow; to prevent dysfunctional uterine bleeding, take 1⁄2 teaspoon 3 times daily for 10 days preceding the onset of menstruation; for diarrhea and bloody diarrhea, use 2.5 mL to 5 mL in water 3 times daily. As this condition improves, reduce dosage slowly.
Remember to take IRONsmart non-constipating iron to enhance iron levels when experiencing menorrhagia. In conjunction take BONE BOOSTER containing vitamin K2-MK7 to stop clotting menstruation and ESTROsmart to normalize the uterine lining and regulate periods.