Herba Capsellae


Herb of Capselta bursa-pastoris (L.) Medic., family Cruciferae.

A herbiet, 15-35 cm high. Basal leaves clustered, petioled, pinnately lobed; stem leaves narrowed-lanceolate, 1-2 cm long, clasping the stem by auricularly base, margin serrate. Raceme terminal or axillary, flowers small and white. Silicle inversely triangular; apex retuse. Sweet and bland in taste, slightly cool in nature, and attributive to liver, stomach, small intestine and urinary bladder channels.

1. Cool the blood and stop bleeding: Generally for metrorrhagia and liematuria, also for hematemesis, hemoptysis, etc.
2. Clear away heat and promote diuresis: For stranguria complicated by chyluria, edema and dysuria.
3. Lower blood pressure: For hypertension.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its infusion shortens the clotting time in rabbits.
2. Its decoction increases the uterine contractility of rats in vitro.
3. Its alcoholic extract promotes the contraction of small intestine of guinea-pigs.

Administration Decoction: 15-30g; 30-60g of fresh herb.


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