While the homeopathic remedy Pulsatilla is predominately used for women and children’s health, it covers a wide range of conditions in both sexes and all ages – from infants to the elderly.
The common name of Pulsatilla nigricans is Wind Flower, also called Easter or Pasque-Flower. It is one of the top remedies and an essential part of any homeopathic first-aid kit – especially if you have kids.
Pulsatilla children are easy to spot with their sweet nature and love of attention. Babies want to be carried and cuddled, and their frequent cries demanding to be picked up are more sad than angry.
These kids tend to be good-natured, shy, sensitive and well-behaved; taking even the slightest criticism or reprimand personally. They are often nervous, fearful of being alone, and afraid of the dark.
Due to their changeable nature, you may see a stubborn streak and (short-lived) flare up of temper in a Pulsatilla. Some can also become moody, self-centered, and jealous.
Praise is very important to them and there is a great need for approval and reassurance. This characteristic can lead to unhealthy influence by peers; doing things they would never instigate on their own.
Since they are highly sensitive and imaginative, it doesn’t take much to upset a Pulsatilla child. Starting school, hospitalization, a parent leaving (even temporarily), moving to a new home, staying with a sitter, or adding a new child to the family are situations that can deeply affect them. At the core of this remedy is fear of abandonment.
Emotionally, these children can be clingy, whiny or weepy; constantly demanding your attention and affection. Physically, they tend to get earaches, bedwetting, bowel problems, stomach upsets, allergies and stuffy colds (with thick yellow-green mucus).
Interestingly, they often sleep with arms above their head. In school, Pulsatillas tend to be conscientious, but are often too tired during the day to do their best. Becoming energetic toward evening, it can be difficult getting them to sleep.
These children feel worse in hot, stuffy weather; becoming quite irritable or weepy, and react to changes in weather. Pulsatillas do best indoors with fans or open windows.
It is difficult to get this type of child to drink enough fluids because they tend to be thirst-less. They can also be picky eaters who prefer rich, fatty foods like ice cream and pastries, which tend to upset their stomach.
My husband had a particularly interesting Pulsatilla case about 20 years ago. A five-year-old worried constantly that something bad would happen to his mother and suffered from terrible separation anxiety. The child wanted his mother close by and followed her if she left the room.
During the consultation, while gathering information about the pregnancy, the mother admitted to extreme depression with thoughts of suicide. Most don’t realize that our thoughts and emotions affect the developing fetus.
The keynote fear of abandonment, along with other Pulsatilla characteristics such as shyness and extreme sensitivity, led to the selection of this remedy. After just one dose of a high potency Pulsatilla*, the boy’s fears soon disappeared and he became a normal, well-adjusted child.
*Chronic conditions should be evaluated by a professional homeopath, with medical and/or psychological support.