Hemorrhage is the medical term for bleeding, especially profuse.

See also Bleeding.



Herbal Compound Tincture /Extract for Decreasing Heavy Menstrual Flow


Famous healer Dr. Schulze once said, “If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other.”

Cayenne pepper just may be the ‘king of all herbs.’ The red pepper has been used for thousands of years for healing and has produced tremendous results treating baffling symptoms. Cayenne has been used to help relieve migraines, reduce cholesterol, alleviate asthma symptoms, fight infections, stop a heart attack, indigestion, and much more. (1,2)

Why stop there? It appears that cayenne pepper can also help stop bleeding in 10 seconds!

Your #1 emergency medicine – cayenne pepper

For proper safety, it’s always a good idea to have first aid kits handy. Perhaps now is the time for you to consider adding cayenne pepper to your kit, or store some in your medicine cabinet to treat bleeding in case of a medical emergency.

According to Dr. Raymond Christopher, an American herbalist known for his numerous publications on herbs and natural healing, “By the time you count to ten, the heavy bleeding should stop completely after administering cayenne pepper.” (1,3)

Whether the bleeding wound is external or internal, an individual can internally drink a cup of warm tea with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper stirred into it or externally apply cayenne powder onto the wound. The bleeding will generally stop after 10 seconds. It appears that from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet, cayenne pepper equalizes the blood pressure to keep the pressure from the hemorrhage area, allowing the wound to clot naturally. (4)

Simple procedure to use cayenne pepper for external wounds

Following this protocol is simple and anyone can do it.

  1. Use cayenne pepper powder and generously apply it directly onto the bleeding cut or laceration, or
  2. Take some cayenne tincture and use a dropper to drip onto the wound, or
  3. Pour tincture solution into a bowl and use a cotton ball to soak and pat onto the wound.
  4. In about 10 to 15 seconds, the bleeding should stop. (2,5)

Cayenne tincture is ideal for small cuts and scrapes, however, if dealing with a large wound that’s bleeding more profusely, call 911 and use cayenne pepper powder to stop the bleeding. You may also need to take an additional glass of warm water with a teaspoon of cayenne powder and drink it down fast. (2,4)

It’s powerful and will not burn

Although cayenne is a spicy herb, people have reported that cayenne powder does not sting when it’s directly applied to an open wound. What gives cayenne the ability to stop bleeding is the substance called styptic, which stops blood when applied to a wound. (2)

Not only does cayenne stop bleeding, but it disinfects the cut, easing your worries for any potential infections that may arise. (2) So, the next time you stock up your first aid cabinet, add some good quality cayenne pepper powder!

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Scientific Names

Shepherd's Purse

  • Capsella bursa-pastoris L.
  • Cruciferae
  • Crucifer family

Common Names

ivyChi-ts’ai (Chinese name)
ivyMother’s heart
ivySt. Anthony’s fire
ivySt. James’ weed
ivySt. James’ wort
ivyShepherd’s heart
ivyShepherd’s pounce
ivyShepherd’s scrip
ivyShepherd’s sprout
ivyWhoreman’s permacity
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Parts Usually Used

Aerial portions, can be used fresh or dried, except the roots.

Description of Plant(s) and Culture

A ubiquitous, small, annual plant; its erect, simple or branching stem grows from 6-18 inches high above a rosette of basal, gray-green, pinnatifid leaves, often deeply toothed and somewhat hairy, dandelion-like. The root is small, white, and perishes every year. It bears a few small, sessile, dentate leaves along its length; the leaves on the flower stalks have clasping bases. The tiny white flowers grow in terminal, erect, cymes, each blossom has four white, spoon-shaped petals, in many places blooming all year. The fruit is a flattened, heart-shaped or triangular, notched pod, borne on long stalks. Flowers all summer. Taste is like cabbage; odor is unpleasant.

Where Found

Common in fields and waste places, backyards, fields, and along roadsides everywhere. A small but distinctive weed found throughout the United S

Medicinal Properties

Astringent, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, diuretic, stimulant, styptic, vasoconstrictor, vulnerary
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Biochemical Information

Amino-alcohols: choline, acetylcholine, saponins, mustard oil, monoamines, amino-phenol and tyramine; also diosmin, a flavonoid, vitamins A, B, C.

Legends, Myths and Stories

Shepherd’s purse was given this common name because its seed pods resemble an old-fashioned leather purse.

Nearly every wheat field is full of this herb. It grows over the entire United States. When chewed, the green grass has a very pleasant peppery taste.

To collect the seed pods for a nutritious meal is unheard of today, but the body-building elements which our fathers of America knew by test and experience still remain. They roasted the seeds and combined with other meal for pinole bread. From one plant 64,000 seeds are shed periodically in one season and can thrive on any soil. The leaves were used raw, or as pot herbs like spinach.

Eaten as food by many of the poor people of China. It is both wild and cultivated there.

This plant is still considered by most people to be a weed.


An extract of shepherd’s purse is an effective blood coagulant which can be used for internal or external bleeding, including nosebleeds, blood tonic, colon trouble, bed wetting, hemorrhoids, venereal disease, malaria, typhus, lung tuberculosis, bleeding ulcers, stomach troubles, helps relieve pain, bleeding from the lungs, piles, profuse menstruation, kidney complaints, fever, jaundice, and hemorrhage after childbirth. Used as a compress for cuts and wounds especially of the head. An infusion of the dried herb can also be used. It acts to constrict the blood vessels and thus to raise blood pressure, but it has been said to regularize blood pressure and heart action whether the pressure is high or low. It is effective too for various menstrual problems, including excessive and difficult menstruation. It is sometimes used to promote uterine contractions during childbirth and can promote bowel movements with a similar effect on the intestines. Tea is used for diarrhea, dysentery; and externally as a wash for bruises. It is used in genito-urinary problems, difficult urination, and post-partum bleeding (after child bearing) and to improve eyesight.

It has mustard-flavored leaves and can be added to salads.

Formulas or Dosages

For drying, best collected in summer when partly in fruit and dried quickly.

Do not keep shepherd’s purse longer than a year.

Infusion: steep 1 tsp. fresh or 2 tsp. dried herb in 1/2 cup water for 30 minutes. Take cold, 1 cup a day, not to exceed 2 cups per day, unsweetened, a mouthful at a time. Also a good remedy for diarrhea.

Decoction: add 2 oz. of shepherd’s purse to 1-1/2 pints of water, slowly boil the mixture down to 1 pint. Strain and take cold, 1 cup 4 or 5 times a day until results are obtained.

Cold extract: soak 3 tsp. fresh herb in 3/4 cup cold water for 8-10 hours. Take in the course of a day.

Juice: take a tsp. of the juice several times a day.

Tincture: take 20-40 drops, 2-3 times a day.

Nutrient Content

Potassium and calcium, vitamins A, B, C.


Seeds are known to cause blistering of skin.

Avoid the herb in pregnancy, except during labor, because it stimulates uterine contractions.

If there is a sudden change in menstrual flow or blood in urine, seek professional advice before attempting self-medication.

This herb raises blood pressure. Avoid if Hypertensive.

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Shepherd’s Purse

  • Capsella bursa pastoris
  • Origin: Hungary
Shepherd's Purse

Common Name

Standardized: shepherd’s purse

Botanical Name

Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.
Plant Family: Brassicaceae



Shepherd’s purse is a temperate zone weed in the mustard family, the same as cabbage, broccoli, and watercress. It is a biennial with an erect stem emerging from a rosette of leaves at its base. It bears four-petalled white flowers that produce heart or purse shaped seedpods. Its name comes from its resemblance to a shepherd’s pouch in the middle ages. All of the aboveground parts of the plant are used in herbal medicines.


Ascorbic acid, beta-sitosterol, choline, citric acid, diosmin, histamine, inositol, rutin, tannic acid, tannins.

Parts Used

Seedpods, crushed before making tea.

Typical Preparations

Teas, tinctures and encapsulations.


Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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