- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Pulsatilla Guide For Healing
Pulsatilla Nicricans is a perennial plant that is a member of the Ranunculaceae family. It is also known as the wind flower, pasque flower, or meadow anemone. It is commonly called Pulsatilla. The plant has a silky, hairy stem with solitary dark purple flowers. The pulsatilla plant grows wild in clusters and is found in sunny meadows and in prairie grass. It is an early flowering plant, normally around Easter time and it is a sign of spring.
Pulsatilla us used for various homeopathic remedies. Pulsatilla is harvested while it is in bloom and the entire plant is used to treat many conditions. It has a history of use, throughout ancient times, usually to treat eye infections.
Pulsatilla is one of the more frequently used homeopathic remedies. For homeopathic use the plant is ground to a pulp. The pulp is steeped in alcohol, strained and then the solution is diluted. In homeopathic treatment, it is used to relieve chest congestion, sore throat, and hay fever. It is especially favorable for treatment of ailments with thick, yellow discharge such as what accompanies coughs during colds.
Pulsatilla is also used to reduce facial swelling due to sinusitis, to help reproductive problems and to soothe headaches including migraines. Pulsatilla is considered to be an antispasmodic remedy and is regularly used to relieve menstrual cramps and works especially well in women who suffer from mood swings and depression.
Possible Side Effects of Pulsatilla
Pulsatilla reduces blood pressure and can dilate the pupils. It may also cause difficulty in breathing. While there are no known hazards or side effects when appropriately given in extremely small medicinal doses, Pulsatilla is toxic. Avoid touching the fresh plant as it is considered to be an irritant. It should not be ingested by women who are pregnant. Care should be taken with the use of Pulsatilla and should be used under the care of a professional homeopathic or herbal practitioner.