The Spirit of Pulsatilla

Jon Guerringue Didactic

Semi-Annual Meeting: 4/06/2019

Paul Capobianco, D.O. 

Pasque or Pulsatilla, is a reference of Easter or the paschal feast. The color purple is worn by the clergy during the Lenten season of mourning or sacrifice. Purple is also a rare beautiful different color in nature. This flower blooms in springtime and again in Autumn (nigricans only). This flower does well in cool climates with medium moisture or sandy hilly soil. The Nigricans plant comes from Europe, from Great Britain, France all the way to Ukraine. This “windflower” sways in the wind. Contains six purple sepals, it has silky hairs on it, doesn’t smell much, acrid or bitter taste. 

Natural Order: Ranunculaceae: Family of over 2000 different flowers. Including ACONITUM- (Great fear, anxiety, and worry accompany every ailment, however trivial. Delirium is characterized by unhappiness worry, fear, raving, rarely unconsciousness. Forebodings and fears. Fears death but believes that he will soon die; predicts the day. Fears the future, a crowd, crossing the street. Restlessness, tossing about. Tendency to start. Imagination acute, clairvoyance. Pains are intolerable; they drive him crazy. Music is unbearable; makes her sad (Ambra). Thinks his thoughts come from the stomach–that parts of his body are abnormally thick. Feels as if what had just been done was a dream.)

HELLEBORUS- (Slow in answering. Thoughtless; staring. Involuntary sighingComplete unconsciousnessPicks lips and clothes.)

Clematis, Berberis, Paeonia, Ranunculus Bulbosus,

HYDRASTIS – (Depressed; sure of death, and desires it.)

CIMICFUGA – (Sensation of a cloud enveloping her. Great depression, with dream of impending evil. Fears riding in a closed carriage, of being obliged to jump out. Incessant talking. Visions of rats, mice, etc. Delirium tremens; tries to injure himself. Mania following disappearance of neuralgia.) 

Tribe: Anemoneae

Genus: Anemone

Section: Pulsatilla 

Two “Pulsatilla” homeopathic remedies available:

Pulsatilla Nigricans (Windflower, Anemone Pratensis, Pulsatilla Vulgaris, Pasque Flower French, Easter Flower, (Pullsatille German); Kuchenschelle: This is the most commonly used pulsatilla homeopathic remedy. Contains Camphor.

Boericke Materia Medica/ Mind: Weeps easily. Timid, irresolute. Fears in evening to be alone, dark, ghost. Likes sympathy. Children like fuss and caresses. Easily discouraged. Morbid dread of the opposite sex. Religious melancholy. Given to extremes of pleasure and pain. Highly emotional. Mentally, an April day.

Clarke Materia Medica/Mind: [This remedy is particularly applicable for complaints which are found to occur in patients of a mild, yielding, or good-natured disposition; also in those who by, their sickness, or naturally, are very easily excited to tearsthey are very apt to burst into tears whenever spoken to, or when they attempt to speak, as in giving their symptoms, Affections of the mind in general; covetous; mistrustful; absent-minded; low-spirited (H. N. G.)] Melancholy with sadness, tears, great uneasiness respecting one’s affairs or about the health; fear of death (tremulous anguish, as if death were near), care and grief. Involuntary laughter and weeping. Great anguish and inquietude, mostly in precordial region, sometimes with inclination to commit suicide, palpitation of heart, heat, and necessity to loosen the dress, trembling of hands, and inclination to vomit. Fits of anxiety, with fear of death, or of an apoplectic attack, with buzzing in ears, shivering, and convulsive movements of fingers. Apprehension, anthropophobia, fear of ghosts at night or in evening, with an impulse to hide or to run away, mistrust and suspicion.Covetousness. Taciturn madness; with sullen, cold, and wandering air, sighs, often seated with the hands joined, but without uttering any complaint. Despair of eternal happiness, with continual praying. Discouragement, indecision, dread of occupation, and obstructed respiration.Disposition envious, discontented, and covetous, exhibiting itself in a wish to appropriate everything. Caprice, with desire at one time for one thing, at another time for something else, either being rejected as soon as obtained.Hysterical laughter after meals.Hypochondriacal humour and moroseness, < evening, often with repugnance to conversation, great sensitiveness, choleric disposition, cries, and weeping. Ill-humour, sometimes with a dread of labour, and disgust or contempt for everything.Inadvertence, precipitation, and absence of mind.Difficulty in expressing thoughts correctly when speaking, and tendency to omit letters when writing. Giddiness; patient neither knows where he is nor what he does. Great flow of very changeful ideas.Nocturnal raving; violent delirium and loss of consciousness. Frightful visions. Weakness of memory.Fixed ideas. Stupidity.

Relationship.–Penthorum, often indicated after Pulsatilla in later colds. Ionesia Asoca-Saraca indica–(Amenorrhœa. Menorrhagia-acts powerfully on female organs. Abdominal pain). Atriplex (Uterine symptoms, amenorrhea; hysteria, coldness between shoulders, dislike of warm food, craves strange foods, palpitation, sleeplessness). Pulsatilla Nuttaliana, identical effects.

Compare: Cyclamen Terrors of conscience. Grieves over duty neglected. Depression, with weeping desire to be alone.) Kali bich; Kali sulph; Sulphur (Very forgetful. Difficult thinking. Delusions; thinks rags beautiful things-that he is immensely wealthy. Busy all the time. Childish peevishness in grown people. Irritable. Affections vitiated; very selfish, no regard for others. Religious melancholy. Averse to business; loafs-too lazy to arouse himself. Imagining giving wrong things to people, causing their death. Sulphur subjects are nearly always irritable, depressed, thin and weak, even with good appetite.) . Pimenta-Allspice–(one-sided neuralgias, parts of body hot and cold).

Anagyris (headache, amenorrhea).

Complementary: Coffea (Gaiety, easy comprehension, irritability, excited; senses acute. Impressionable, especially to pleasurable impressions. Full of ideas, quick to act. Tossing about in anguish (Acon).) ; Chamom Whining restlessness. Child wants many things which he refuses again. Piteous moaning because he cannot have what he wants. Child can only be quieted when carried about and petted constantly. Impatient, intolerant of being spoken to or interrupted; extremely sensitive to every pain; always complaining. Spiteful, snappish. Complaints from anger and vexation. Mental calmness contraindicates Chamom.)(; Nux. (Very irritable: sensitive to all impressions. Ugly, malicious. Cannot bear noises, odors, light, etc. Does not want to be touched. Time passes too slowly. Even the least ailment affects her greatly. Disposed to reproach others. Sullen, fault-finding.) 

Pulsatilla Nuttalliana(American Windflower, Anemone Patens, American Windflower) Found in Siberia, America, Was used by Minnesota Indians for various health problems, From : THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PURE MATERIA MEDICA By TIMOTHY F. ALLEN, A.M., M.D. Sad, gloomy state of mind, with frequent eructations of sour air (after fifteen hours); sad and gloomy (after thirteen hours, second day); with languor (fourth day), [1]. ► Depression of spirits (seventh day), [12]. ► Great depression of spirits, in the afternoon; a kind of homesickness, with despondency (fourth day), [5c]. ► Anxiety (second night), [5b]. ►Felt very irritable, “cross;” could not bear to be spoken to; noise vexed her; felt like weeping at trifling annoyances (second day), [3]. ► Irritability, wants to keep moving about; quick, nervous motions, [8]. ► Dullness of mind and disinclination to work (after three hours, fifth day), [5d]. 

Homeopathy is made from the whole plant:

American vs. European Pulsatilla: some say they are identical and I would recommend trying the other one if healing is incomplete. 

Uses: Sexual disorder, digestive, ears, eyes, skin, hemorrhoids, urticarial, pains, menstrual, pain, mental states, allergies, joints, etc. 

My observations of the spirit or mental aspects that strike me:

  1. Child is clingy with mother or parent
  2. Child is crying in the office.
  3. Adult is crying when they tell you their symptoms.
  4. Person that wants to befriend you, contacts you frequently.
  5. Sensitive persons that are very allergic to everything or sensitive to what you say.
  6. Can be amiable or angry 
  7. Get sick easily from stress, weather.
  8. Gets pains easily from little things.
  9. Sensitive to even own hormones (puberty, menses, pregnancy, menopause, etc.), gases, body, time of day (evening), position, temperature, etc. 


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