The homeopathic medicine pulsatilla is prepared from freshly harvested pasque flower plants when they are in full blossom. Soon after harvesting, the plants are chopped into fine pieces and subsequently pounded into pulp. Next, the pulp is soaked in a solution prepared by diluting alcohol with water. After a period of time, when the pulp has diluted in the alcoholic solution, the liquid is filtered and then stirred. It is watered down once again to get the desired levels of dilution. The final product or the homeopathic medicine pulsatilla does not retain any trace of the original plant. Pulsatilla is generally prescribed for treating conditions or complaints that are accompanied by abundant discharge of surplus mucus, for instance, colds with a runny or congested nose, a loose cough with yellowish-green phlegm or sinus congestion. It is also recommended for treating eye problems, such as styes (swelling and tenderness of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid) and conjunctivitis (tenderness of the conjunctiva, the clear mucous film that lines the inner facade of the eyelid and covers the front portion of the eyeball). In addition, homeopaths also prescribe pulsatilla for treating digestive disorders that may be caused by consuming rich and oily foods. This homeopathic medicine also helps in healing indigestion, nausea, vomiting and gastroenteritis (irritation of the stomach and intestines). The homeopathic medicine pulsatilla is an important medication for curing gynecological problems. Precisely speaking, this homeopathic medicine is useful in treating an assortment of menstrual and menopausal complaints that are usually distinguished by tearfulness and depression. Women suffering from such conditions require comfort and sympathy in addition to medications. Pulsatilla also works wonders when used to treat conditions, such as nosebleeds, varicose veins, toothaches, osteoarthritis and rheumatism. This medication has also been found to be useful in treating other complains, including headaches, migraine, acne, low backache, chilblains (swelling and tenderness of the hands and feet owing to exposure to cold and moisture) as well as fever accompanied by lack of thirst. As discussed earlier in this article, pulsatilla is helpful in treating a number of conditions, especially those related to women. Below is a brief discussion on the condition specific benefits of this homeopathic medicine.
This homeopathic medicine is especially useful in treating a range of women's health problems, especially brief, changeable, and delayed or lack of menstrual flow accompanied by acute pain. It is also an effective medication for teens whose first menstrual period is delayed during puberty. Women who suffer from acute premenstrual syndrome are likely to benefit much from the use of pulsatilla, especially when their problems are accompanied by weepiness, indigestion as well as mood swings. Pulsatilla is also administered to women during pregnancy, provided the common symptoms are alright, to overcome stress incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine owing to pressure on the bladder caused by coughing, laughing, sneezing, lifting or straining), alleviate exhaustion, cure indigestion and morning sickness, particularly if it is owing to ingestion of rich and fatty food. Most importantly, use of pulsatilla also acts on the uterine muscles and often helps to turn a breech baby (a baby whose feet are presented first during the process of birth) inside the uterus during labor.
Besides being a very useful remedy for women's health problems, the homeopathic medicine pulsatilla is also prescribed to cure sinusitis accompanied by headaches, tearfulness and yellowish catarrh. Basically, sinuses are very painful when touched. The symptoms of this condition include piercing pains on the face accompanied by agonizing and intolerable tenderness. Pulsatilla is effective when the person has a watery release from the eyes along with the incapacity to breathe normally. The individual may experience sharp pains on the right side of the face which may have a tendency to travel all over the face.
The homeopathic medicine prepared from pasque flower plants, pulsatilla is extremely useful in treating infections of the eyes. Homeopaths especially prescribe this medicine for eye contagions that are accompanied by a greenish discharges. Such green colored discharges practically ooze out from the eyes when such infections occur. In addition, pulsatilla is an ideal homeopathic medicine for curing conjunctivitis and styes that causes itching sensations. Besides the conditions and symptoms discussed here, pulsatilla can be used to heal any type of sensitivity to the eyes or associated symptoms.
Pulsatilla is also an effective medication for treating colds and coughs. Homeopaths usually prescribe this medicine to cure runny or congested nose accompanied by smelly, dense and yellowish-green colored catarrh. People suffering from such conditions also endure diminished taste and smell senses. Such patients may also experience damp, spasmodic or intermittent coughing accompanied by discharge of yellowish-green mucus or phlegm and shortness of breath. These symptoms usually worsen when the patient is lying on his/ her left side. Bouts of violent coughing seem to occur during the evenings and nights and they may be set off when the person in lying down. Often, such spasmodic coughing may also disturb sleep. Using pulsatilla helps to get relief from such conditions and related symptoms. In addition, homeopath medical practitioners also recommend the use of pulsatilla for treating influenza wherein the fever is accompanied by alternating hot and cold flashes. There is a possibility that such patients may also suffer from earaches.
The homeopathic medicine pulsatilla is also useful for treating various digestive problems, such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea, as well as tender and itching hemorrhoids in the digestive tract. Stools of such patients also vary from time to time. Although they endure a dry mouth, they do not feel the urge to drink any liquid. In such cases, craving or aversion for rich foods can aggravate the symptoms. However, administration of pulsatilla not only helps to get relief from such bothersome symptoms, but also heals the condition too.
Pasque flowers are indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe and adjoining regions. It is found growing naturally in Scandinavia, Germany, Denmark and Russia. Presently, this plant is grown throughout the northern as well as central regions of Europe.