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Materia Medica by Allen



PULSATILLA

(puls)

ANEMONE RANUNCULACEAE

Adapted to persons of indecisive, slow, phlegmatic temperament; sandy hair, blue eyes, pale face, easily moved to laughter or tears; affectionate, mild, gentle, timid, yielding disposition—the woman's remedy.

Weeps easily: almost impossible to detail her ailments without weeping (weeps when thanked, Lyc).

Especially in diseases of women and children.

Women inclined to be fleshy, with SCANTY AND PROTRACTED MENSTRUATION (Graph.).

The first serious impairment of health is referred to puberic age, have "never been well since"— anaemia, chlorosis, bronchitis, phthisis.

Secretions from all mucous membranes are THICK, BLAND AND YELLOWISH-GREEN (Kali s., Nat. s.).

Symptoms ever changing; no two chills, no two stools no two attacks alike; very well one hour, very miserable the next; apparently contradictory (Ign.).

Pains: drawing, tearing, erratic, rapidly shifting FROM ONE PART TO ANOTHER (Kali bi., Lac c, Mang. a.) ;are accompanied with constant chilliness; the more severe the pain, the more severe the chill; appear suddenly, leave gradually, or tension much increases until very acute and then "lets up with a snap"; on first motion (Rhus).

Thirstlessness WITH NEARLY ALL COMPLAINTS; gastric difficulties from eating rich food, cake, pastry, especially after pork or sausage; the sight or even the thought of pork causes disgust; "bad taste" in the morning.

Great dryness of mouth in the morning, without thirst (Nux m. — mouth moist, intense thirst, Mer.).

Mumps; metastasis to mammae or testicle.

"All-gone" sensation in stomach, in tea drinkers especially.

Diarrhoea: only, or usually AT NIGHT; watery, greenish-yellow, VERY CHANGEABLE; soon as they eat; from fruit, cold food or drinks, ice-cream (Ars., Bry.; eating pears, Ver., China; onions, Thuja; oysters, Brom., Lyc.; milk, Cal, Nat. c, Nic, Sul.; drinking impure water, Camp., Zing.).

Derangements at puberty; menses, suppressed from getting the feet wet; TOO LATE, scanty, slimy, painful, irregular, INTERMITTENT FLOW, with evening chilliness; with intense pain and great restlessness and tossing about (Mag. p.); FLOWS MORE DURING DAY (on lying down, Kreos.). Delayed first menstruation.

Sleep: wide awake in the evening, does not want to go to bed; first sleep restless, sound asleep when it is time to get up; awakes languid, unrefreshed (rev. of, Nux).

Styes: especially on upper lid; from EATING FAT, GREASY, RICH FOOD OR PORK (compare, Lyc, Staph.).

Threatened abortion; flow ceases and then returns with increased force; pains spasmodic, excite suffocation and fainting; must have fresh air.

Toothache: relieved by holding cold water in the mouth (Bry., Coff.); worse from warm things and heat of room.

Unable to breathe well, or is chilly in warm room.

Nervousness, intensely felt about the ankles.

 

Relations
Complementary: Kali m., Lyc, Sil., Sulph. ac.; Kali m. its chemical analogue.

Silicea is the chronic of Pulsatilla in nearly all ailments.

Follows, and is followed by, Kali m.

One of the best remedies with which to begin the treatment of a chronic case (Cal., Sulph.).

Patients, anaemic or chlorotic, who have taken much iron, quinine and tonics, even years before.

Ailments: from abuse of chamomile, quinine, mercury, tea-drinking, sulphur.

Follows well: after, Kali bi., Lye, Sep., Sil., Sulph.

 

Aggravation
IN A WARM CLOSE ROOM; EVENING, AT TWILIGHT; on beginning to move; lying on the left, or ON THE PAINLESS SIDE; very rich, fat, indigestible food; pressure on the well side if it be made toward the diseased side; warm applications; HEAT (Kali m.).

 

Amelioration
IN THE OPEN AIR; lying on painful side (Bry.); cold air or cool room; eating or drinking cold things; cold applications (Kali m.).