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Shepherd's Purse history of serving as food dates back to that distant era.《the Book of Songs Bei Feng. Valley winds》 sang it praises:“Who's saying that Common Sow thistle herb is bitter ？ Its delicacy may compare favourably with Shepherd's Purse. ”In the depth of winter the shepherd's purse has not bloomed, the colour of its leaves which keeps close to the ground is as dark red as the potherb mustard . Pick it , wash and chop it, coupled with minced meat or chopped fried egg, then make dumplings. It has a distinctive flavour when it to be eated, naturally adding to a kind of feeling of backing to nature |
Shepherd's purse containing multiple amino acids, organic acids, sugars, inorganic salts and trace elements,It has a good health care function. Qing Dynasty WU Qi Jun's《An Illustrated Book of Plants》 reads: “it can purify stomach and intestine of people who likes flesh-eating”.So its popular name also says: purifying intestine grass.”
Moreover, shepherd's purse which appearance is not surprising is a Chinese medicine which can not be looked down on medical functions. Early Chinese herbal medicine book 《Transactions of Famous Physicians unknown author》〔ming yi bie lu〕 calling it: “warm nature ,sweet taste ,non-toxic .Mainly activating liver qi,regulating stomach and spleen .its fruits, mainly improve eye-sight and eliminate pain of eyes .” Qing Wang Shi xiong's 《Diet Book of Sui Xi Ju》: “neutral nature ,sweet taste. improving eye-sight, nourishing stomach ,harmonizing liver-qi，treating dysentery ,expelling parasites .The patients can eat.
Modern pharmacological studies: shepherd's purse , whole plant with roots, similar to the role of ergot contraction of the uterus, stopping bleeding , depressing blood pressure and the role of expansion of coronary artery. Shepherd's purse , whole plant with root, 200 grams ,decocting, curing children of chyluria; fresh shepherd's purse 50 grams 〔dried article 20 grams〕, 12 grams of yerbadetajo herb, decocting,to be taken at one dose a day b.i.d. A course of treatment consisted of 10 days,curing hypertensive fundus hemorrhage; fresh flowers shepherd's purse 50 grams, decocting ,treating profuse uterine bleeding.