Syn.—Anemone pulsatilla, Pulsatilla; Wind Flower; Pasque Flower.
Properties: Alterative, sedative, antispasmodic.
Physiological action: In large doses it is an irritant to the gastro-intestinal tract, depresses the heart's action, lowers arterial tension and will reduce the temperature and pulse rate. In toxic doses it causes dullness of mind, lessens sensibility, having a mildly paralyzing effect on both sensory and motor nerves, pupils dilate; coma and convulsions have resulted from very large doses. However this drug is never given in such large doses.
Indications: Nervousness, sadness, disposition to look on the dark side of life. Despondency, mental depression, fear of impending danger. Pain in top of head.
Use: Relieves nerve irritation of reflex nature referable to the reproductive organs. It controls sexual excitement in both male and female. A remedy in amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, spermatorrhea and in reproductive disorders which are a cause of anxiety to the patient. In nervous headache with determination of blood to the brain. In headache at menstrual period with scanty or obstructed menses, patient pale and nervous. In hysteria, nervous exhaustion with feeble pulse, deficient capillary circulation, cold extremities, nervous headache of anemic nature. In orchitis it acts well associated with other indicated remedies. A valuable remedy in threatened insanity the result of sexual wrongs, if not contra-indicated. Pain of pulsatilla is generally limited in location and of a despondent nature.
The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.