Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
|Pulsatilla, Pulsatilla nigricans
General description and domicile:
Pulsatilla Nigricans was originally only found wild in the very north of Europe
including Scandinavia but has since spread to all but the very southern parts of
Europe. Anemone Pulsatilla, used more commonly in herbal medicines has a
wider natural habitat that includes most of Europe, Britain and parts of Russia
It is a perennial plant that does not grow much taller than six inches with a
woody, thick root and divided hairy leaves. The dark purple flowers, the tallest
part of the plant, a maximum of two inches in diameter, appear in spring and
then again later in summer.
Part used and extraction:
All of the plant is used, harvested in the flowering season.
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture
The use of Pulsatilla for medicinal purposes dates back to Ancient Greece
when it was used to cure weepy eyes. In Roman times it was used for eye
infections, cataracts and tooth decay.
Gentle, mild and easygoing people who avoid conflict but can be
stubborn and very moody. Pulsatilla people are very loving and kind towards
others and animals. They are easily moved to tears but also laugh easily.
They like sweet foods but dislike spicy or fatty food. They prefer the open and
feel claustrophobic in small stuffy rooms.
Claustrophobia, Suffocating catarrh, easy to cry, responds to sympathy.
Used for treatment of:
Colds and coughs:
Heavily congested catarrh and blocked nose and shortness of breath.
Swollen feeling of the face sensitive to touch especially in the sinus areas.
Associated with low fever.
Alternating between being hot and cold.
Premenstrual stress syndrome especially in people that tend to be
mild and weepy.
A sense of a sprained back and weakness of the back. In women it can be
associated with menstrual pain.
Urgent and frequent urination.
Additional symptoms may be sensitivity to light and smelly discharge from the
eyes and nose.
Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Restless sleep with many dreams and nightmares, waking hot and sweaty and not
able to settle back to sleep.
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
When it is hot
After eating rich food
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
See also our
Herbal page on Pulsatilla.
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