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 Pulsatilla Nigricans






Botanical Name: Anemone Quinquefolia


Common Name:  Wind  Flower.


Medicinal Part: The whole herb.


Description:  This is an exceedingly delicate looking plant, common in our woods.  The slender stem is from 4 to 8 inches high.  The solitary flower is white inside and purplish on the outer surface.


Constitutional Taint:  Sycotic.

Boericke describes this drug as "Weather-cock among remedies". He says that the disposition and mental state are the chief guiding symptoms to the selection of Pulsatilla.  It is one of the polychrests and one of

the remedies most frequently used, as well as often abused.


Typical subjects:


Nash says , "the disposition of Pulsatilla is almost the opposite of that of  Nux Vomica.  Nux Vomica is called the man's remedy and Pulsatilla the women's remedy. This means simply that the complaints of one are found oftener with men while those of the other are found oftener with women."

Therefore Boericke says that "it is pre-eminently a female remedy. It is adapted to  "mild, gentle and yielding disposition ; cries at everything; is sad and desponding; weeps about everything; can hardly give her symptoms on account of weeping."  And again, " Sandy hair, blue eyes, pale face, inclined to silent grief with submissiveness"(Silicea is its chronic) Nash therefore says that  here we have got a description of the Pulsatilla temperament as near as words can express it, and it is a fact that when you find it in a patient , no matter what the pathological condition, Pulsatilla will almost surely help.  There are few exceptions.  So we  learn not to put too much stress on pathological states to the neglect of symptomatological conditions.


Prof. K.C.Bhanja addes in his book; "Constitution: Drug Pictures" Pulsatilla is also adapted to Persons of slow, phlegmatic temperament; who are indecisive (cannot arrive a  decision with any degree of expedition); who are timid , of tearful disposition, with a tendency to inward grief and silent peevishness.  Women, who are inclined to be fleshy with scanty and  protracted menstruation.  Women whose menses appears a few days after the due date. It is hardly applicable to persons, who form their resolutions with rapidity and are quick in their movements."

Prof. Bhanja further says that the Determinative of Pulsatilla is that it is adapted to persons with discouragement, indecision, dread of occupation .  Envious, discontented, and covetous, exhibiting itself in a wish to appropriate everything.  Difficulty in expressing thoughts correctly while speaking and tendency to omit letters when writing.  Great flow of very changeable ideas.  Morbid dread of the opposite sex. Involuntary laughter and weeping.


NOTES AND FEATURES OF PULSATILLA PATIENT:  1. Ever changing character:  Symptoms are ever changing.  Now two stools are alike. Colour and character of stools are constantly changing.  The patient is "very well one hour, miserable the next." Haemorrhages cease for a time and then flow again with redoubled force.  The flow appears to have stopped, but in a few hours returns. Intermittent flow of menses.  "When one set of symptoms comes on, another vanishes."

2. Chilliness:  Constant chilliness even in a warm room. It acts best when there is a disposition to chilliness and adipsia(absence of thirst) "  Colic with chilliness, when mensturation is suppressed.  We may  add ; Coldness of hands, and feet, they seem dead.  Pain are associated with chilliness.  Dysentery with mucous and blood, and associated with chilliness.

3. Thirstlessness: This note runs through nearly all diseased conditions.  Mouth dry, yet thirstless. In intermittent fever, there is no thirst during chill; no thirst during heat, or thirst begins as chill is over; decreases as heat increases, there being entire absence of thirst during the height of paroxysms, when fever subsides thirst begins; but the sweat stage is attended with great thirst. This thirst is, indeed, of a crazy character and indicates Puls.

 4.Metastatasis  Metastasis of mumps to breasts or testicles.





Kent says , the Pulsatilla  patient is an interesting one, found in any household where there are plenty of young girls.  She is tearful, plethoric and generally has little credit for being sick from her appearances; yet she is most nervous, fidgety, changeable, easily led and easily persuaded.  While she is mild, gentle and tearful, yet she is remarkably irritable, not in the sense of pugnacity, but easily irritated, extremely touchy, always feels slighted or fears she will be slighted; sensible to every social influence. Melancholia, sadness, weeping, despair, , religious despair, fanatical; full of notions and whims; imaginative, extemely excitable.  She imagines the  company of opposite sex a dangerous thing to cultivate, and that it is dangerous to do certain things well established in society as good for the the human race. These imaginations belong to eating as well as thinking. They imagine that milk is not  good to drink, so they will not take it.  They imagine that certain articles of diet are not good for the human race.  Aversion to marriage is a strong symptom. A man takes it into his head that it is an evil thing to have sexual intercourse with his wife and abstains from it.  Religious freaks; an especial tendency to dwell on religious notions; fixed ideas concerning the Scripture; he misuses and misapplies the Scriptures to his own detriment; dwells on sanctification until he becomes fanatical and insane; thinks he is in a wonderfully sanctimonious state of mind, or that he has sinned away his day of grace.  This goes on until he becomes insane on  other subjects and then the tendency is to sit day after day in a taciturn way.  He will not answer questions unless hard pressed, when all he will say is 'Yes' or "No", or he will merely shake his head.  Puerperal insanity in a women who was mild, gentle and tearful, later sad and taciturn, and then she sits in her chair all day answering nothing or merely nodding her head for "Yes" or "No".




The Pulsatilla headache is a throbbing congestive headache; much heat in the head, ameliorated by the application of cold, by external pressure and sometimes by slow motion, aggravated by lying and sitting quiet. >by walking slowly in the open air; becomes worse towards evening and gradually increases through the evening and night, worse from the motion of the eyes and from stooping.  The pains are often constricting, throbbing and congestive. Periodic sick headaches, with vomiting of sour food.  Headache when he overeats.  Though he likes ice-cream, he has headache and congestion of the stomach after eating ice cream.



Catarrhal conditions of the ear. Otorrhoea.  Thick bland discharge; offensive odor Pulsatilla is commonly indicated in earache of children; when the child is a gentle, fat, plump, vascular red faced child always pitifully crying. Kent says ,"if it is case of earache in a nondescript child Pulsatilla will also prove to be a temporary remedy, so closely is it related to pain in the ear. Pains in the ears in the evening or in the night > by walking slowly about the room.


Eyes:- Thick, profuse, yellow, bland discharges.  Itching and burning in eyes.  Lids inflamed, agglutinated. Styes. Ophthalmia neonatrum. Sub Acute  Conjuctivitis, with dispepsia  < warm room.The patient is always rubbing the eyes; whether or no there is mucus in the eyes it matters not; but it is a sensation of gauze before the eyes > rubbing.



Coryza: stoppage of right nostril, pressing pain at the root of the nose. Pulsatilla is more indicated in an advanced stage of cold in the head, what is known as a ripe cold, hence it should not be given at the beginning of a cold, for it is never indicated.  There is no sneezing or excoriating discharge with Pulsatilla.  The discharge is thick, yellow, muco-purulent, and, above all, bland. The loss of smell is present in chronic and acute catarrhs.  The patient feels himself fells better in open air and <warm room.Pulsatilla is very useful in hay fever associated with above symptoms.




The face is sickly, often mottled, purple, intermixed with yellow  and unhealthy colors; venous puffing; sensation of fulness; often a red face, like that of health, and the patient gets no sympathy; face often flushes; flushes of heat to the face; at tims a sunken look; dark rings about the eyes; sallow, green, chlorotic. .Mumps and inflammation of parotid glands. If a women suffering with mumps takes a decided cold the breasts swell, and there is an inflammation of mammary gland.  Girls take cold the swelling of the parotid subsides too soon, and the corresponding mammary glands swells, sometimes both swell; or it may  begin in one and go to the other.  In  men it is the testicle.  Pulsatilla is one of the most important remedies in this form of metastasis it breaks up complaints that flit about.




Pulsatilla like Nux Vomica is a great remedy for disorders of digestion. Symptoms- "Bad taste in the mouth, especially early in the morning, or nothing tastes good, or no taste at all."(Bryonia, bad taste with coated tongue and thirst; Pulsatilla-no thirst).Great dryness of the mouth in the morning, without thirst;

wants it washed frequently. Frequently licks the dry lips Crack in middle of lower lip.  Yellow or white tongue, covered with a tenacious mucus. Toothache is > holding cold water in mouth (Coff.) Offensive odor from mouth (Merc.,Aur.)Alterations of taste, bitter, bilious greasy, salty, foul.  A striking feature of Puls. Is that he never wants water despite the fact that his mouth is dry.




Stomach disordered from cakes, pastry, rich food; particularly fat pork." (fat, meats generally.)Nux Vomica patient is not disturbed by fats, but on the contrary likes them and they agree.  With Nux Vomica warm food agrees best; with Pulsatilla cold things .So Pulsatilla patient is averse to fat food, warm food and drink. Flatulence. Dislikes butter(Sang.) Pulsatilla produces and cures jaundice. "jaundice in consequence of chronic susceptibility to hepatitis and derangement of secretion of bile. With looseness of  bowels, duodenal catarrh., disordered digestion; feverishness and thirstlessness after quinine.




Many troubles seem to manifest themselves in the abdomen by bloating, distension of the abdomen, flatulence, colicky pains, rumbling, fermentation of food, and from disorders of menstruation or diarrhoea. Bloating after eating, especially after fats and rich food.




Rumbling, watery; < at night . No two stools alike. After fruit (Ars. Chin.) Dysentry ; mucus and blood with chilliness; May be indicated in diarrhoea from fright; The stools are greenish yellow and changeable.




Increased desire; worse when lying down.  Burning in orifice of urethra during after micturition.  Involuntary  micturition at night, while coughing or passing flatus.  After urinating, spasmodic pain in bladder..



First medicine to be thought in cases of  Amenorrhea.     It is indicated where the menses flow by fits and starts, or when the suppression is due to wetting of the feet; also, in delayed first menses in chlorotic girls. The mother comes to him saying her daughter has suffered since her first menses; when she went in swimming, or got her feet wet, and has suffered since. The doctor says the parts are undeveloped and she must be operated on. Puslatilla has established a normal flow in a few months.

  It must be carefully distinguished from Dulcamara, which has menses suppressed from getting the feet wet, but whose temperament is not that of Pulsatilla.    Bayes remarks that in amenorrhoea with anaemia "great judgement is required in the selection of the dilution, which ought to vary from 30th to the ist., according to the sensitiveness of the patient."      Jahr ranks Sulphur with Pulsatilla for insufficient pale menstruation .  The Pulsatilla patient is disinclined to exertion, with poor appetite and longing for acids, is apt to faint easily and suffers from a tremulous anxiety.   Senecio is also useful in amenorrhoea with chlorosis. Tardy menses, too late, scanty, thick, dark , clotted, changeable intermittent flow of  blood. Leucorrhoea - milky which becomes watery, acrid and burning from  being retained in the vagina.  It is a mucous, thick, creamy, white leucorrhoea sometimes replacing menses, with chilliness, disposition to lie down and lowness of spirits.  Leucorrhoe as in chlorotic subjects.   Pain in back; tired feeling. Diarrhoea during or after menses.

Exaggerated sexual daesire; nymphomania; wild, beside hereelf with sexual thoughts, uncontrollable sexual desire.  Kent says that he has seen Pulsatilla cure a great many girls of 16 or 18  years.


 Male:Orchitis; pain from abdomen to testicles. Thick yellow discharge from urethra;  late stage of gonorrhoea.  Stricture; urnine passed only in drops, and stream interrujpted. (Clematis) |Acute prostatitis.  Pain and tenesmus  in urinating worse lying on back.



The chest, respiratory organs, and cough  furnish some most troublesome symptoms.  Bronchitis, pneumonia.  Dry, teasing cough and dyspnoea; wants the windows open, aggravated lying down.  Cough gagging and choking. Copious expectoration in the morning, of thick ,yellow-green mucus. Dry, teasing cough at night worse lying down.  Chronic loose cough after measles.  Whooping Cough.


In the larynx we have many symptoms ; constriction, tickling causing cough.  Dry, teasing cough, <lying and in a warm room.  Cough worse at night.

Bronchitis with loose morning and dry evening cough. 

Dyspnoea; oppression from walking fast or becoming overheated after eating; stopped up nose. After emotions.  Asthma of children from suppressed rash or in women from suppressed menses. Urine emitted with cough.


Sleep: Sleeps with hands over head. Cannot sleep on the left side as it increases the palpiotation and suffocating . Late falling asleep; sleeplessness on account of flushes of heat.  Wide awake in the evening; first sleep restless.  Wakes  un refreshed. Irresistible sleepiness in afternoon.


Back: Kent says that in curvature of the spine Puls. Is of great value. Shooting pain in the nape and back, between shoulders; in sacrum after sitting. Sensation of cold water poured down back.


Extremities: All the limbs  are painful, drawing, tearing pains in the limbs, better from motion and after motion. Worse from a warm room and better from cold  applications. Swelling of veins in the arms and hands.  Varicose veins of the limbs like Fl. Ac.   Rheumatism of joints; pain in joints as if dislocated.  Sciatica <in the evening    and better from slowly moving about.  Feet burn, and he must put them out of bed. Sols burn and are bruised when walking.  Marked restlessness and twitching of the limbs and feet. , numbness of the limb lain on; wandering pains in all the limbs.


Skin: Urticaria, after   rich food with diarrhoea,  from delayed menses, worse undressing.  Measles. Acne at puberty. Varicose veins.

Fever:    Chilliness, even  in warm room, without thirst. External heat is intolerable. Chill about 4 p.m. Intolerable burning heat at night with distended veins. Chilly with pains, in spots, worse evening.  During  apyrexia, headache, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, nausea.




Worse in Sun, from heat, rich fat food, after eating towards evening, warm room ,changes of weather; lying on left or on painless side, when allowing feet to hand down.  Better, open air, motion, cold applications, cold food and drinks, thought not thirsty.




Follows well after: Kali-bi, Lyco, Sep. Sil, Sullph. Complementary:  Kali-m,Lyco,.Sil, Sulph-ac, Arg.nit.


Notes:"Silicea is the chronic of Pulsatilla in nearly all complaints.


"One of the best remedies with which to begin the treatment chronic case (Calc.Sulph).

It is called for in treating patients who are anaemic or cholorotic who have taken much iron, quinine and tonics, even years before.


Ailments which owe their origin to quinine, mercury, sulphur and tea-drinking require Pulsatilla for antidoting the bad effects thereof.


Potency: 30, 200,1000, up to CM .


Summary of Indications: Anxiety States - insomnia - women's dosorders - allergic disorders - childhood exanthemata.



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