Sunday 4 October 2015


2015-40  Healing by Homeopathy: Pulsatilla, a Polychrest

The homeopathic medicine Pulsatilla is made from the windflower. It grows in clumps on sandy well ­drained soil in sunny meadows, pastures and fields. It is soft and beautiful with pendulous bell­-shaped flowers, purple petals and a gold heart. 

Dr Samuel Hahnemann first used the term polychrest in an essay about the medicine Nux vomica. By this he meant a medicine that had a great many uses. Pulsatilla was one of his polychrests and it remains one of the most useful medicines. Pulsatilla is predominantly a female remedy.

It is classically thought to suit blonde, blue-­eyed females of a mild, shy and tearful disposition. Pulsatilla is effective for a range of menstrual and menopausal problems, which are characterized by depression and tearfulness with a need for comfort and sympathy.

Digestive complaints such as indigestion, gastroenteritis, nausea and vomiting, caused by eating rich, fatty foods are cured by Pulsatilla.

Other conditions which respond well to Pulsatilla include depression, varicose veins, nosebleeds, toothache, earache, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, lumbago, chilblains,  acne, migraines, and fever without thirst.


Useful for:Key Symptoms:
MOODINESSRapid change in mood
Sensitive & tearful
Extremes of pleasure & pain
Craves sympathy & attention
COLDSNose runs in open air
Nose stuffy indoors and at night
"Ripe" cold
Thick, creamy, yellow nasal discharge
Sticky discharge from eyes
Fever, but no thirst
STYESEspecially on upper lid
COUGHGagging, choking, in paroxysms
Cough dry in evening, loose in morning
Brings up thick yellow mucus
Feels as if weight on chest; must sit up for relief
EARACHEFeels as if ears are stopped
Severe throbbing pain, worse at night
External ear swollen & red
Thick, yellow, bland discharge
INDIGESTIONAverse to fat food
Averse to warm food and drink
Dry mouth without thirst
Bitter taste
Painful stomach about an hour after eating
Weight like a stone in stomach
Must loosen clothing
BREASTFEEDINGTo dry up mother's milk when no longer needed
MENSTRUAL DISORDERDelayed onset of menses
Intermittent flow
Flow scanty, painful
Flow thick, dark, clotted
Bearing down sensation
Very emotional
Nausea, vomiting
FAINTINGFrom hot, stuffy atmosphere
INSOMNIAFrom recurrent thoughts
Wide awake in evening
Better from:Open air, Cold applications, Motion
Worse from:Warmth, Overheating, Toward evening,
Lying on left side, Lying on painless side


  1. The biggest advantages of natural healing, aside from the fact that its components are almost free and always available in nature, is that it is based on the philosophy that it is designed to treat the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. Emotional balance in nature