Thlaspi Bursa Pastoris

Thlaspi Bursa Pastoris signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Thlaspi Bursa Pastoris is used…

      Capsella bursa pastoris. Shepherd’s Purse. *N.O. Cruciferae. Tincture of fresh flowering plant.


Abortion, haemorrhage after. Dropsy. Dysentery. Dysuria. Fibroma. Gall-stones. Gonorrhoea. Haematuria. Haemorrhages. Leucorrhoea. Liver, affections of. Metrorrhagia. Ranula. Renal calculi. Strangury. Uric acid diathesis. Uterus, haemorrhages from, affections of, cancer of. Whitlow.


“Shepherd’s purse,” says Gerarde, “stayeth bleeding in any part of the body, whether the juice or the decoction thereof be drunk, or whether it be used poultice-wise, or in both, or any way else. In a clyster it cureth the bloody flux, it heals green and bleeding wounds, it is marvellous good for inflammations new beginning and for all diseases which must be checked back and cooled.” Gerarde adds that the decoction will stop diarrhoea, blood-spitting, haematuria, and all other fluxes of blood. *Thlasp. is the white-man’s faithful friend: “A native of Europe, it has accompanied Europeans in all their migrations, and established itself wherever they have settled to till the soil” (*Treas. of Bot.). It does not refuse to grow in the poorest soils, but it luxuriates in the richest. Burnett noticed that it flourished best in the neighborhood of dunghills, and the odour of the tincture is much suggestive thereof. Some have seen in the seed-vessel the signature of the shape of the uterus, and Burnett found in it an organ remedy of vast importance. The O tincture, he said, is the best thing to give for menses that have been checked, for uterine haemorrhages he preferred the attenuations. He has observed it cause sexual excitement like *Cantharis. It aided Burnett in the cure of an inveterate case of gall-stones, the origin of which he traced to the uterus. Dudgeon (*M. H. R., xxxii. 614) reports a case which reverses this. He had treated a lady for jaundice, from which she made a good recovery, but there came on a peculiar discharge after the catamenial flux. It was of brownish-green blood and was attended with obscure abdominal pains. The cervix uteri was swollen and soft but not ulcerated. Dudgeon failed to cure this, but Rafinesque, of Paris, after trying other remedies, succeeded with *Thlasp. The 6th had immediate good effect. Rafinesque afterwards gave the O and then again the 6th, and in a few weeks the cure was complete. Dudgeon’s article on *Thlasp. is the most complete we have. He quotes a case of Rademacher’s showing the action of *Thlasp. on uric acid excretion. A woman whom Rademacher had relieved ten years before of a large quantity of urinary sand, again presented herself, her abdominal cavity was full of water, extremely swollen, and she was passing urine of a light red colour with bloody sediment. *Thlasp. O, 30 drops five times a day, was given solely with the idea of stopping the haematuria. But the result was _ a more copious discharge of urinary sand than ever before, the urine increased, the dropsy disappeared, and the woman was cured. Dudgeon also quotes a case of Kinil’s: A woman had strangury three weeks after confinement, she could not retain her urine, which dribbled away drop by drop. *Thlasp. O, 30 drops five times a day, removed the strangury at once, and in a few days the urine could be retained and became clear without sediment. “Dysuria of old persons, when the passing is painful and there is at the same time spasmodic retention of it” is an indication given by Heer. Dudgeon’s own cases are no less striking: (1) A lady, 76, had rheumatic muscular pains in various parts, and the most abundant secretion of uric acid, which passed away with every discharge of urine. Sometimes small calculi formed and then there was much pain in their passage along the ureter, but generally it passed in the form of coarse sand, which formed a thick layer at the bottom of the utensil. This sand continued to pass after the cessation of the rheumatic pains, which lasted six or seven weeks. *Pulsatilla, *Pic. ac., *Lycopodium had no effect. *Thlasp. 1 diminished the sand to an insignificant amount. (2) A gentlemen, 57, in addition to other dyspeptic symptoms had unusually large discharges of coarse uric acid, coming away in masses as large as a big pin’s head but without pain. *Thlasp. 1 stopped this. (3) Lady, nearly 80, was suffering from the presence of a calculus in left ureter. She had previously passed much sand. *Thlasp. 1 caused a great discharge of sand and a speedy relief of her pain. Dudgeon also refers to a case of Harper’s illustrating the action of *Thlasp. on the bowels. An elderly lady had suffered for years from a copious discharge of mucopus, sometimes mixed with blood, sometimes nearly all blood, which passed from the bowels after each evacuation. She had been under high homoeopathy, oxygen treatment, and for a long time under Harper himself without effect, when he gave *Thlasp. O in five-drop doses and cured the case in a few days. With *Thlasp. 1X I saved a lady who had been curetted several times with small success from a further curetting, which was advised as being essential to the cure. *Thlasp. stopped the haemorrhages, restored the periods to their proper term, and the patient immediately began to recover her strength, which had been drained to the last degree. There has been no return of the trouble. *Peculiar Sensations are: As of needles or shocks from a battery between end of sternum and umbilicus. As if neck and left shoulder would break with pain. Symptoms are better bending over. Haemorrhages are profuse, periodic, blood dark, clotted. The toes are affected along with cramping pain in stomach.

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica