Pulsatilla - Pulsatilla vulgaris

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This Pulsatilla (Anemone vulgaris) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Pulsatilla - Pulsatilla vulgaris, AKA  Anemone vulgaris and pratensis in the Ranunculaceae or Buttercup family

Part used: Whole plant.

Taste/smell: Slightly acrid, bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: 1:2 fresh strength liquid extract: 5-10 drops 1-3 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Often the person who responds to pulsatilla will have nervous conditions like fearfulness, general nervousness, dejection, and weep easily. The individual is gentle, with a yielding disposition, and has changeable symptoms and moods. The body discharges are usually yellow. The person needing pulsatilla can be comforted while the person needing chamomile cannot.

Use: (a) Anti-inflammatory, (b) Sedative, (c) Analgesic.

Pulsatilla stimulates gastrointestinal and hepatic functions. It is indicated for menstrual complaints in individuals who are anemic, intolerant of fatty foods, have coated tongues, cold extremities and a feeble pulse. It is specific for amenorrhea following wet cold feet, acute endometriosis, ovarian neuralgia and congestive ovaritis with inflammation, dull, nagging, aching, tearing pains; not cramping pains. Animal research has indicated pulsatilla reduces uterine contractions in vitro, has a sedative and analgesic activity in vivo and an antibacterial action in vitro.

Contraindications: An overdose can cause toxicity with sensations of burning in the mouth and throat, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, slowed pulse and breathing, hypo-thermia, sensory and motor depression, stupor, coma and convulsions. Because it is a uterine stimulant, it is contraindicated in pregnancy.

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