by H. C. Allen
Pulsatilla is adapted to persons of indecisive, slow, phelgmatic temperament; sandy hair, blue eyes, pale face, easily moved to laughter or tears; affectionate, mild, gentle, timid, yielding disposition – the woman’s remedy.
Pulsatilla Weeps easily: almost impossible to detail her ailments without weeping (weeps when thanked, Lycopodium ).
Especially, in diseases of women and children.
Women inclined to be fleshy, with scanty and protracted menstruation ( Graphites ).
The first serious impairment of health is referred to puberic age, have “never been well since” – anaemia, chlorosis, bronchitis, phthisis.
Secretions from all mucus membranes are thick, bland and yellowish-green ( Kali sulph., Natrum sulph. ).
Pulsatilla symptoms ever changing: no two chills, no two stools, no two attacks alike; very well one hour, very miserable the next; apparently contradictory ( Ignatia ).
Pulsatilla Pains: drawing, tearing, erratic, rapidly shifting from one part to another ( Kali bichromicum, Lac caninum, Mang. a.); are accompanied with constant chilliness; the more severe the pain, the more severe the chill; appear suddenly, leave gradually, or tension much increases until very acute and then “lets up with a snap;” on first motion ( Rhus ).
Pulsatilla has thirstlessness with nearly all complaints; gastric difficulties from eating rich food, cake, pastry, especially after pork or sausage; the sight or even the thought of port causes disgust; “bad taste” in the morning.
Great dryness of mouth in the morning, without thirst ( Nux moschata – mouth moist, intense thirst, Mercurius ).
Mumps; metastasis to mammae or testicle.
“All-gone” sensation in stomach, in tea drinkers especially.
Pulsatilla Diarrhoea: only, or usually at night, watery, greenish-yellow, very changeable; soon as they eat; from fruit, cold food or drinks, ice-cream ( Arsenicum, Bryonia; eating pears, Verbascum, China; onions, Thuja; oysters, Bromium, Lycopodium; milk, Calcarea, Natrum carb., [Nic.], Sul.; drinking impure water, Camp., [Zing.]).
Derangements at puberty; menses, suppressed from getting feet wet; too late, scanty, slimy, painful, irregular, intermitting flow, with evening chilliness; with intense pain and great restlessness and tossing about ( Magnesium phos. ); flows more during day (on lying down, Kreosotum ). Delayed first menstruation.
Sleep: wide awake in the evening, does not want to go to bed; first sleep restless, sound asleep when it it time to getup; wakes languid, unrefreshed (rev. of, Nux ).
Pulsatilla Styes: especially on upper lid; from eating fat, greasy, rich food or pork (compare, Lycopodium, Sulphur ).
Threatened abortion; flow ceases and then returns with increased force; pains spasmodic, excite suffocation and fainting; must have fresh air.
Toothache: relieved by holding cold water in the mouth ( Bryonia, Coffea ); worse from warm things and heat of room.
Unable to breathe well, or is chilly in a warm room.
Nervousness, intensely felt about the ankles.
Pulsatilla Relations. – Complementary: [Kali muriaticum], Lycopodium, Silicea, Acid Sulphuricum; [Kali muriaticum] is its chemical analogue.
Silicea is the chronic of Pulsatilla in nearly all ailments.
Follows, and is followed by, [Kali muriaticum]
One of the best remedies with which to begin the treatment of a chronic case ( Calcarea, Sulphur ).
Patients, anaemic or chlorotic, who have taken much iron, quinine and tonics, even years before.
Ailments: from abuse of chamomile, quinine, mercury, tea-drinking, sulphur.
Aggravation. – In a warm close room; evening, at twilight; on beginning to move; lying on the left, or on the painless side; very rich, fat, indigestible food; pressure on the well side if it be made toward the diseased side; warm applications; heat ([Kali muriaticum]).
Amelioration. – In the open air; lying on painful side ( Bryonia ); cold air or cool room; eating or drinking cold things; cold applications ([Kali muriaticum]).