What is the pulsatilla and what is it for?

In homeopathy some types of plants are used to combat some diseases. The amount that it supplies is usually small, since if it were administered in higher doses, it would trigger the same effects that you want to combat.

In this case we are going to talk about the Pulsatilla. Its scientific name is Pulsatilla vulgaris and it is a genus of plants that consists of about thirty species and that are used in homeopathy for the treatment of various diseases. Do you want to know more about pulsatilla?


  • 1 Pulsatilla characteristics
  • 2 Properties and uses of pulsatilla
    • 2.1 Respiratory problems
    • 2.2 Behavior problems in children
    • 2.3 Menstruation problems
    • 2.4 Different types of pain
    • 2.5 Digestive problems
    • 2.6 Weak personality problems
  • 3 How is a person who requires pulsatilla detected?
  • 4 Pulsatilla toxicity
  • 5 Cultivation

Characteristics of the pulse

pulsatilla is used for medicinal uses

The pulsatilla is distributed in mountainous areas or meadows with a lot of grassy mass. They are mostly found in the mountain areas of North America, Asia and Europe. Its hairy leaves and bell-shaped flowers are bluish, violet or deep purple, and are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring.

They are perennial plants but their leaves are deciduous. They are mainly characterized by having underground rhizomes from which the leaves are born in the form of a basal rosette. Blooming in spring, it is also known by the name of poinsettias.

As for the shape of the leaves and stems, we find something special: this plant has a whitish gray hair that gives them a velvety texture when touched. This hairiness is due to the adaptation to mountainous climates that helps them to better resist low temperatures, expand the surface through which the surrounding oxygen enters and protect from the sun’s rays.

Properties and uses of pulsatilla

pulsatilla is used to cure diseases

Pulsatilla should not be prepared at home as it is extremely toxic and improper use could cause serious injury, depending on how long the plant is in contact with the skin.

Pulsatilla is used especially by homeopathy for medicinal purposes. Among the diseases that are treated thanks to this plant, we find: colds, liver-related diseases, depression, incontinence, spasms, etc.

The part of the pulsatilla that is used for healing methods is the herb and not the flower.

Pulsatilla is frequently used in homeopathy to treat various problems such as:

Respiratory problems

These are colds with excess mucus and secretions. They are also used in other respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, sinusitis, etc. The signal that is used to know if the pulsatilla should be used is that these conditions are accompanied by abundant mucus and cough that give rise to abundant yellowish sputum.

behavior problems in children

For children with problems such as excessive tantrums, shyness, lack of security, capriciousness, irritability, etc. Pulsatilla is used in a homeopathic way.

menstruation problems

When a woman has irregular menses and does not adjust to the normal period, the pulsatilla can be used to be able to regulate them again.

Different types of pain

When there are people who frequently suffer from severe pain such as headaches, toothaches, mumps … it is used to reduce said pain.

Digestive problems

For people who have digestive problems or a poorly working liver, remedies made with pulsatilla can be used to help with indigestion. In addition, it favors the stomach and liver to work better and prevents the appearance of symptoms of poor digestion such as nausea, vomiting and flatulence.

weak personality problems

For those people who have a weak personality, such as those who are insecure, timid, who think they are going to be abandoned or who suffer from anxiety, the pulsatilla can be used. It can also help those who suffer from sadness, melancholy, a tendency to cry, loneliness or suicidal thoughts.

How is a person who requires pulsatilla detected?

people with severe depression need to be treated with pulsatilla

To identify a person who needs pulsatilla, it is necessary to look at certain behavior and behavior patterns:

  • People who are usually very sweet, gentle and soft , but deep down they really need love, and consolation they need pulsatilla. To recognize them we can see how they constantly need hugs, praise, recognition by others, in general affection.
  • People who tend to cry easily and without apparent cause are usually those who perceive and connect with great depth the pain and problems of others.
  • These people tend to blush very easily. In addition, they are often indecisive and lack self-confidence. Many constantly feel sensations such as being abandoned, rejected, helpless, etc.
  • People with suicidal tendencies, strong anxieties and who have deep sadness.
  • Some people who need pulsatilla may have a poor memory and do not like physical activity.
  • They usually have dizziness when they get up and need to go back to bed.

Pulsatilla toxicity

pulsatilla is highly toxic

As mentioned before, it is not recommended to use pulsatilla in home remedies, since it is highly toxic. When the fresh plant is ingested, it can produce convulsions and cause irritating and important lesions in the stomach.

Another effect that pulsatilla can have is to initially stimulate the nervous system, but later it produces depression and can lead to death.

The main symptoms that are had by the ingestion of the pulsatilla are the following:

  • Tingling in the mouth and tongue
  • face stiffness
  • increased saliva
  • vomiting
  • inability to swallow
  • Blurry vision
  • Arrhythmia
  • seizures
  • Death

To treat a person who has consumed pulsatilla, a stomach lavage must be performed and they should be put on assisted breathing.


the pulsatilla is a protected plant

Pulsatilla is a plant whose conservation status is high. Therefore, it cannot be collected in the wild. It can be grown manually in cool places.

If we want to use the pulsatilla for uses other than medicinal, we can use them to decorate slopes or rockeries outdoors. In order for them to survive in these locations, they must be planted in a cool, semi-shaded location . These plants resist the cold quite well due to the hairs they have and thanks to the adaptation they have had throughout their evolution to live in high mountain areas. Although they resist the cold well, it is always preferable to protect it. These plants prefer cooler winters and cooler summers.

To reproduce them, the most normal thing is to multiply them from rhizomes when autumn begins or from seeds that will sprout when spring arrives.

The best soil to keep the pulsatilla in good condition is a soil made up of mulch, garden soil and sand. To water it, it must be done daily but without flooding around it.

You already know a little more about pulsatilla and its properties and thanks to it many people are cured of their illnesses.

What is the pulsatilla and what is it for?

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