Pulsatilla

What is Pulsatilla?

Pulsatilla is a homeopathic medicine prepared from the wind Pulsatillaflower Pulsatilla vulgaris (Ranunculaceae), also called meadow anemone. It is a perennial herb that is purple in color and grows in Europe.

Homeopathic medicines containing Pulsatilla have been used for centuries by people suffering from symptoms associated with the common cold, to relieve migraines, trigger menstrual periods, and relieve melancholy.

The process of preparing the homeopathic medicine Pulsatilla involves significantly diluting its plant-based raw material, the wind flower. Click here to learn more about the dilution process and why homeopathic medicines should not be confused with their raw materials.

What is homeopathic Pulsatilla typically used to treat?

  • Cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, sinus pressure, thick, yellow nasal mucus, wet cough, sneezing, and loss of taste and smell
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Itching, hay fever, watering eyes
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Nose stuffy during the night, and runny during the day
  • Occasional sleeplessness
Common brands containing Pulsatilla:
  • Boiron®
  • Arnicare®
  • Chestal®
  • ColdCalm®
  • Doctor Wise®
  • Hyland’s®
  • FLEXmore™
  • Similasan®
  • ThroatCalm®

How much homeopathic Pulsatilla can you take?

Homeopathic medicines containing this active ingredient have different purposes, dilutions, and directions. That is why it is always important to read and follow the Drug Facts label. The Warnings section indicates the maximum number of days you should use the product. If symptoms persist or worsen, stop use and ask a doctor.

Safety guide for Pulsatilla

Most over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic ingredients are dilutions of the raw material. The level of dilution is identified on a homeopathic medicine’s Drug Facts label. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) established that OTC homeopathic medicines containing 4X and higher dilutions of Pulsatilla are safe for adults and children.

Therapeutic claims for Pulsatilla are based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Homeopathic products are not evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Ask a healthcare provider before use if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not use if:

  • Do not use more than the Drug Facts label indicates unless instructed by a healthcare provider.

Stop use and ask a doctor if:

  • Your condition gets worse or if symptoms persist for more than the duration displayed on the Drug Facts label, usually 3 to 7 days.
  • Your symptoms clear up and return within a few days.
  • You have an unexpected reaction. Get medical help right away.
  • You develop new symptoms.
  • You take too much. Immediately contact a healthcare provider or the Poison Control national helpline at 800.222.1222.

Resources

The Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) is the official guidebook that outlines standards of identity and purity that homeopathic medicines must meet.

Materia Medica (or “materials of medicine”) contains information about the specific symptoms of disease and the homeopathic medicines used for their treatment.