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Homeopathic medicine: Pulsatilla

Pulsatilla is one of the most commonly used medications for people with all kinds of acute conditions. The drug is often chosen mainly because of the emotional nature of the patient. Those who need Pulsatilla are usually kind, gentle, docile and like a lot of attention.

Pulsatilla, wild man’s herb

Typical physical symptoms include pain that travels from one part of the body to another, little to no thirst, and generally fluctuating symptoms. The symptoms worsen with heat and get better with slow movements. Pulsatilla is often a suitable remedy for people with colds, coughing fits, digestive problems, eye and ear infections and many other conditions.Characteristic of the Pulsatilla character is the vulnerable, tearful sensitivity and the desire for a lot of attention. For example, the Pulsatilla child becomes hangry, tearful and whiny. But while it can be whiny and irritable, it almost never throws a tantrum (like the inconsolable Chamomilla or Hepar sulph. child). The Pulsatilla patient wants people around him, wants to be comforted and receive attention. He seeks sympathy and feels better when he gets it. He is sometimes afraid of being alone or in the dark.Strongly varying emotions are very typical of people who need Pulsatilla. They are quite moody, happy and laughing one moment, sad and crying the next. They cry easily, even when just thinking about pain. When they are sick, they suddenly burst into tears. They get hurt emotionally easily. Mild criticism, being ignored or arguing from family members or friends can have a profound effect on them.In general, Pulsatilla patients are sweet and kind and they want people to like them. They are very sensitive to what others think of them and they do what they can to please others. They are very generous and often say what the other person wants to hear.Because of the kind and sweet attitude of Pulsatilla patients, people can easily give them comfort and support. For his part, the Pulsatilla patient thrives on all that attention. He often feels sorry for himself and often complains. Why does this always happen to me? or Why don’t people understand me better? Give him a little attention and those worries will soon be forgotten.Pulsatilla people tend to be quite indecisive. They ask for something, but when they get it, they want something else. They swing from one side to the other and are rarely stubborn.The physical symptoms of Pulsatilla patients are just as variable as the psychological ones. The symptoms shift from one part of the body to another or continually change in character. The pain can come on suddenly and gradually disappear. Sometimes the stool also looks different each time, both in consistency and color.Physically, Pulsatilla patients are warm-blooded; they do not need to wear a lot of clothes and prefer cold weather. They are hypersensitive to heat and warm spaces. They are less energetic and develop physical symptoms when exposed to heat. They have difficulty sleeping when the room is warm. They enjoy cool outdoor air because it provides relief for many of their symptoms. However, they can also become ill if they cool down in hot weather, and sometimes symptoms begin after eating ice cream.Slow, calm movements, especially in the open air, are good for the Pulsatilla patient. Walking around quietly often reduces headaches, digestive symptoms or other aches and pains and generally makes the person feel better.Even when feverish, Pulsatilla patients rarely feel thirsty. In fact, during an acute illness they usually feel less thirsty than normal and need to be reminded to drink enough.Pulsatilla is also known for secretions that are thick in character and yellow to green in color. Mucus from a runny nose, coughed up sputum and discharge from eyes, ears or vagina all have these types of characteristics. These secretions come out in large quantities, but do not irritate the skin.The Pulsatilla patient often has digestive problems. The abdomen becomes distended and is tender to the touch, especially after the sick person has eaten. Digestive disorders can occur shortly after consuming fatty or excessive food, pork, ice cream, fruit or cold things. The patient wants something to eat, but cannot decide what he wants. He craves things that he cannot tolerate or that make him even sicker. The patient usually has an aversion to fat, (pork) meat, milk or bread.

Pulsatilla symptoms become

  • Worse: in warm or closed rooms, by excessively fried food in fat, hot food or drinks, by eating, in the evening, by lying on the painless side
  • Better: in cool air and fresh air, by cold compresses, cold food and drinks (although the patient is not thirsty), by lying on the painful side