PULSATILLA

OTHER NAME(S):

Anémone des Bois, Anémone des Prés, Anemone nigricans, Anemone pratensis, Anemone pulsatilla, Anémone Pulsatille, Anémone Pulsatille Rouge, Anemone serotina, Coquelourde, Coquerelle, Easter Flower, European Pasqueflower, Fleur de Pâques, Herbe au Vent, Meadow Anenome, Meadow Windflower, Pasque Flower, Pasqueflower, Passe Flower, Pulsatilla nigricans, Pulsatilla pratensis, Pulsatilla vulgaris, Pulsatille Commune, Wind Flower.

Overview

Overview Information

Pulsatilla is a plant. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are dried and used as medicine.

Pulsatilla is used for painful conditions of the male or female reproductive system, skin conditions, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.

How does it work?

Pulsatilla contains chemicals that might be able to fight pain and bacteria.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Conditions of the male or female reproductive system.
  • Tension headache.
  • Migraine.
  • Hyperactive states.
  • Insomnia.
  • Boils.
  • Skin diseases.
  • Asthma and other lung diseases.
  • Earache.
  • Nerve problems.
  • General restlessness.
  • Digestive tract problems.
  • Urinary tract problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pulsatilla for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Fresh pulsatilla plant is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It is a severe irritant anywhere it comes in contact with the body, such as the mouth, throat, digestive tract, urinary tract, and skin. It can also cause allergic reactions. There isn't enough reliable information to know if the dried plant is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: Fresh pulsatilla plant is LIKELY UNSAFE when applied to the skin. It is a severe irritant anywhere it comes in contact with the body, such as the mouth, throat, digestive tract, urinary tract, and skin. It can also cause allergic reactions. Contact with the skin can cause rash, inflammation, and itching. Inhaling the volatile oil can irritate the nose and eyes. There isn't enough reliable information to know if the dried plant is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Pulsatilla is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy. Both the fresh plant and the dried plant might cause a miscarriage or birth defects. Applying fresh pulsatilla directly to the skin is also considered LIKELY UNSAFE. Don't do it. There isn't enough reliable information to know if dried pulsatilla is safe to use when pregnant. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

It's LIKELY UNSAFE to take fresh pulsatilla by mouth or apply it to the skin during breast-feeding. There isn't enough reliable information to know if dried pulsatilla is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for PULSATILLA Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of pulsatilla depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for pulsatilla. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Blumenthal M, ed. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Trans. S. Klein. Boston, MA: American Botanical Council, 1998.
  • Brinker F. Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions. 2nd ed. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998.
  • Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.

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