PULSATILLA – Homeopathic Medicine

Last modified on January 7th, 2019

TF Allen
Written by TF Allen

PULSATILLA homeopathic drug picture symptoms from A Primer of Materia Medica by T.F. Allen, of the homeopathy remedy PULSATILLA


      Jerking-tearing in muscles as if they were pulled; (<) night and during rest. Pains rapidly jump from place to place, with swelling of the affected part. Attacks of weakness, particularly on lying in bed in the morning, with desire to sleep longer. Tremblings, with cold sweat and drawing pains. Pains are usually associated with chilliness, but without thirst; a feeling as though the painful part were dashed with cold water. Generally profuse secretions, particularly from mucus membranes; discharges not excoriating. Aggravation of all symptoms in the evening before midnight, also during rest and when warm, especially, in a warm room. Amelioration in the open air; from lying on the back and on moderate exercise.


      A very depressed and weeping mood; at times ill humored and morose, even to hypochondria. A restless, irresolute mood. Generally indicated for persons having a mild, yielding disposition; inclined to weep. Thoughts wander.


      Vertigo on stooping, or in the morning on rising, with nausea; as if intoxicated, with whirling, even when lying down, with nausea. General confused dullness of the head; (<)warm room. Head very heavy. Dull aching, extending into the eyes in the evening; as fro eating too much. Pulsating pain:(>) pressure. Pains (<) in temples and occiput. shooting pain in the temples. Pain as if the brain were torn. A feeling of emptiness in the head. Headaches (<)evening and in a hot room.


      General inflammation, with burning and itching, at times with dryness, but usually with free secretion of bland mucus; agglutinated lids when asleep. Lachrymation in the open air. Inflammation of the margins of the lids, with development of styes; with biting or burning itching in the evening. Vision dim, as from accumulation of mucus; with vertigo and nausea, particularly during menses; (<)a warm room.


      Forcing-outward pain; at times jerking or shooting. Sensation of stoppage and roaring; difficult hearing.

Clinical. Inflammation and swelling of the outer ear, with profuse, thick, purulent discharge, not excoriating, with pains, aggravated in evening. Severe earache, not ameliorated by warm application; pain involves the whole side of the head and throat.


      A feeling of stoppage, (<) evening before midnight, with discharge of thick, yellow mucus. Sneezing. Pains in the bones, as if they would be forced asunder. Very free mucous discharge, at times offensive usually bright yellow, with disordered smell, as in old catarrh. The discharge is not excoriating, is generally thick.


      Boring pains in the left malar bone. Painful sensitiveness of the skin of the face. Swelling of the lower, lip, which is cracked in the middle, with tensive pain.


      jerking and tearing toothache, (<)the warmth of the bed and warm air, (>)cold and cold water. Gums sore, with gnawing pain. Tongue covered with tenacious mucus. Blisters on the sides and tip of the tongue. Tongue feels burnt and insensible. Whole mouth and throat dry and covered with insipid mucus, with offensive breath. Increased saliva, of sweat taste or watery saliva. Taste bitter, especially after eating and smoking, though food tastes naturally Slimy taste in the morning, with nausea. Disgusting taste in the morning, with nausea. Disgusting taste in the morning, with white tongue and nausea.


      Throat covered with tenacious mucus. Rawness and scraping, with dryness in the mouth. Scraping causes coughing. Feeling of worm crawling in the oesophagus, with nausea and retching.


      A version to bred and butter. No thirst. Food and drink have diminished taste. Bitter taste after eating or drinking or vomiting. Eructations, tasting of food or bilious and bitter in the evening, tasting rancid, or like bad meat, with nausea. Desire for alcoholic drinks (thirst, with foul eructations). Persistent nausea (with nearly all symptoms), (<)night, in women during menses, with retching and uprisings. Vomiting, especially at night, of food that had long been eaten, with chilliness or with distention and pain as of flatulence. Distention in the stomach, coming on an hour or more after eating. Scraping and burning in the stomach and oesophagus. Gnawing like a ravenous hunger; sensation as if one had eaten too much; the food rises up, with nausea and vomiting. General indigestion from fat food. Pressure in the stomach, especially from bread. A feeling of coldness in the stomach.


      Rumbling, gurgling, flatulent colic moving about. Cutting or drawing, tensive pain, often dragging downward. Abdominal pains, flatulent or neuralgic, with nausea, especially with chilliness, extending to the back. Abdominal walls sensitive and swollen. Drawing pains, extending through the spermatic cords to the testicles, which seem relaxed. Cutting pains in the lower part of abdomen, extending into pelvis. Constriction, extending into bladder as from a cold stone.

Rectum and Anus

      Hemorrhoids; both internal and external, with itching, especially in the evening. Hemorrhoids protruding and painful, often bleeding during stool. Frequent need to evacuate the rectum, but with only mucous discharge profuse bleeding from the anus during or after stool.


      Diarrhoea, with much mucus; green, acrid, watery, green mucus, preceded by flatulent pains, with pressure and backache. Constipation and diarrhoea alternate. Dysentery, with bloody and mucous stools at night burning like fire.

Urinary Organs

      Sharp pressure at the neck of the bladders as from flatulence. Tenesmus, with frequent desire, often ineffectual. Involuntary micturition at night or when coughing; sometimes dribbling when sitting or walking. Urine usually profuse, at times acrid, causing cutting; brown or bloody.

Sexual Organs

      Pain and swelling in the testicles and spermatic cords, especially on the right side. Tearing pains in the testicles, extending upward. Nocturnal emissions, without dreams. Menstruation tool late and too scanty, discharge thick, or at times thin and watery. Menses suppressed. Drawing pains in the pudenda, extending towards uterus, with nausea. Labor like pains in the uterus; must bend double. Leucorrhoea; milky, or thin and acrid, with swelling of pudenda, (<) lying down.

Clinical. Orchitis. Epididymitis. Pains not ameliorated by warm applications, with pains in the small of the back, chilliness and nausea. Dysmenorrhoea, especially from cold and wet, with concomitant symptoms. Irregular uterine contractions during labour. Uterine inertia, palpitation, nausea.

Respiratory Organs

      Tickling and scraping in the larynx, causing dry cough,lachrymation. Cough short, dry, (<)becoming warm and after sleeping. Morning cough caused by dryness in the larynx and trachea, (<)eating and evening after lying down, preventing sleep, with dryness of the throat, (>)sitting up. Cough, with much yellow expectoration, tasting bitter or with bloody expectoration. Dry cough, often associated with palpitation, nausea, retching, headache, backache and shocks in abdomen. Dyspnoea, especially in the lower part of the chest, (<) eating. Chest symptoms (<)lying on the painful side. Constriction and soreness in the chest.


      Palpitation, anxious, (<) lying on the left side. Sticking pains in the region of the heart, (>)walking about and pressure. Heart’s action generally feeble, often irregular.

Neck and Back

      Drawing, tensive pain in the nape of the neck and between the scapulae. Pain and stiffness in the muscles, as if he had been lying in an uncomfortable position; can move the neck with difficulty. Sprained pain in the sacral region; (<) moving. Dragging pain, as from constriction or stiffness, as from a band, lying down. Pain after sitting, can scarcely rise; rather (>)bending forward and backward; generally (<)lying on the back and (>) change of position.


      General pains, especially in the joints; (<)morning in bed, must stretch; the limbs feel beaten or bruised. Weakness in the morning after rising, with weariness. The limbs on which he lies fall asleep easily, with crawling. Tearing pains in shoulder joints; must bend the arm. Pain in the middle of the upper arm, as if beaten, extending to the hand. Pain in the hip joint, as if dislocated. Drawing pain in the muscles of the thigh; must move about, with sleeplessness, tossing about and coldness. Pain as though the thigh bone would break, extending from the hips to the knees; (>) walking. Painless swelling of the knee. Tearing and drawing pains in the knee. Stiffness of the right knee when walking. Pain in the bones of the leg, below the knee; (>)pressure. Swelling of the veins of the leg, with great soreness and burning heat. Boring pains in the heel towards evening. Red, hot swelling of the feet, extending up the calves, with shooting pain Swelling of the back of the feet.


      Biting, itching; (<)evening in bed; not(>) scratching. Burning over the whole body on becoming warm in bed (<)scratching and returning after becoming heated from walking or rubbing.


      Sleeplessness in the evening, falls asleep very late; at times with nausea and heat; restless sleep at night on account of heat, but very sleepy and heavy in the morning; cannot wake. At times, irresistible sleepiness in the afternoon. Dreams numerous and confused, at times frightful, with startings.


      Chilliness, with thirst from 2 to 4 P.M. or without thirst; with coldness of face and hands and oppression of the chest, backache, headache, and nausea. Chilliness in the evening, with external coldness. Chilliness with pains; with menses. Heat at night without thirst; internal, with desire to be covered, or at times, with intolerance of external warmth mingled with shivering. Anxious heat, with distended veins and burning hands, especially at night in bed. Sweat only on the face and scalp or partial on the right or left side of the body.

About the author

TF Allen

TF Allen

Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)
Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.

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