Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pulsatilla Nigricans

Pulsatilla is also known as pasque flower, meadow anemone, wind flower. It favours sandy soils and sunny conditions, and grows in meadows throughout central and northern Europe. The remedy is made from the whole plant whilst in flower.

Pulsatilla is an incredibly versatile remedy, which can be used in many ways, but can be especially helpful in treating children experiencing the symptoms of common childhood ailments.

The child who might benefit from Pulsatilla is generally, mild, sweet natured, a bit timid, and very eager to please. They really need to feel supported an loved, so if they’re off colour, they will probably be very clingy, and not want Mum to leave them on their own. In fact what they really want is for Mum to give them a good cuddle!

However, the Pulsatilla child can also become cross, irritable and even manipulative, if they don’t get their own way. Their moods can be very changeable, laughter and sunshine one moment, then
tears and tantrums the next (rather like the ‘wind flower’ changing direction with the breeze).

Physical symptoms can also be very changeable, so for example, pains can shift rapidly from one spot to another, or a cold may be accompanied by a free flowing runny nose, which suddenly changes to become blocked and ‘bunged’ up.

Generally, someone who might benefit from Pulsatilla is warm blooded (so will often shed layers of clothing, and hates being in the hot sun!), thirstless, and craves fresh air, which relieves their symptoms. Catarrh and discharges (from nose, ears, eyes, cough etc) are yellow or yellow/green, and although they may be profuse, they are generally bland, but might be smelly.

Pulsatilla ‘types’ tend not to like rich foods, which can also disagree with them, so they’ll often either love or loathe butter. However, the Pulsatilla child may both love and crave peanut butter!
In conclusion, Pulsatilla can help with a whole range of symptoms which have the characteristics described above.

If the picture fits, you can try giving one Pulsatilla 30C every half hour for up to four doses, then reduce as symptoms improve.

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