Pulsatilla, also known as “pasque flower” or “windflower”, was commonly used by the Native Americans to treat ailments such as severe coughs and insomnia. It is now a very popular homeopathic remedy and is given to people who suffer from a number of ailments including digestive upsets, severe mood swings, and infections that cause a mucus discharge. The following are five common uses for Pulsatilla:
1. Premenstrual Syndrome
Homeopaths often give Pulsatilla to people who cry for no reason, have frequent and/or severe mood swings, and cannot receive criticism. Needless to say, this remedy can work wonders for women with PMS. Pulsatilla is recommended for women who get particularly weepy and/or irritable before the flow starts and who suffer from severe cramps and even nausea and vomiting afterwards.
Women should take Pulsatilla as soon the first symptoms of PMS appear and should continue with it until the period is ended.
Pulsatilla can help relieve insomnia that is caused by worry over problems either real or imagined. Patients who develop odd worries right before bedtime or who regularly cry themselves to sleep should take Pulsatilla a few hours before going to bed. The remedy can be taken for as long as is necessary.
It is perfectly safe to give Pulsatilla to children with the measles. However, it is usually not effective until after the fever breaks. Signs that the child needs Pulsatilla include dry cough and a thick and/or oddly colored nasal discharge. The remedy should be taken until the child fully recovers. Pulsatilla can also be taken by adults who are infected with the measles.
Pulsatilla can be given to patients who develop large, yet painless, styes on the upper eyelid. The stye may grow a head and may discharge yellow or green pus. The remedy should be taken at least until the discharge dries up. Pulsatilla may not effectively treat styes that develop anywhere other than the upper eyelid.
Pulsatilla treats colic that develops after the baby has ingested rich food particularly if he or she received it through the breast milk of the mother. The baby will normally be rather easy going but will cry and be irritable when the pain starts. The baby should not, however, become angry or violent. Another sign that the child needs Pulsatilla is an extreme desire for physical contact. The remedy should be taken for several days or until the child begins displaying more normal behavior.
Source: Cummings, Stephen and Dana Ullman “Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines”