Materia Medica

Pondering Pulsatilla

Pulsatilla Materia Medica

Pulsatilla materia medica and complete drug picture of homeopathy remedy Pulsatilla. Learn all the signs and symptoms of homeopathic Pulsatilla by Elaine Lewis and Lowanna Hugall.

Pulsatilla was born from the tears of Venus the goddess of love.

Tears are water and that equals emotions. As Venus wept over the body of her lover, Adonis, who had been killed, Pulsatilla (anemones) sprang up where her tears touched the earth.1/

Ah! Hello, Sorry I didn’t see you there. I was just reading through Misha Norland’s lecture on Pulsatilla before the start of our tour, but now you’re here, so let’s get started.

Follow me this way. The path to finding Pulsatilla leads us on the ups and downs much like the changeability of Pulsatilla’s emotions. Oh, watch your step, it’s dark here–darkness is what one experiences, after all, when one is all alone in the world, as Pulsatilla imagines that she is (Delusion: alone, that she is always).*

Hush now! Be very quiet as pulsatilla gets afraid easily (Mind: frightened, easily) so we must approach carefully; fright can cause them their ailments. (MIND: AILMENTS FROM FRIGHT)

The cries you hear in the distance? That’s Pulsatilla. The sad weeping sound, it’s like someone who has lost their love. (MIND: CRYING, PITIOUS). We must be getting closer.

Ahh good! Now on the right here, if you observe down through this gap we see the timid and even childish pulsatillas. If I open this gap a little wider you can view them clearly. As you can see, they wear their hearts on their sleeves. The lovely pulsatilla is gentle and yielding (Mind: Yielding, passive, can’t say “no”, too yielding).

Firstly let’s look at them as a group. You can see that some are crying to relieve their suffering (MIND: CRYING, AMELIORATES SYMPTOMS) and some are connecting with others by being attentive (Mind: Openhearted), some are being kind and loving (MIND: AFFECTIONATE) but then there are others who are at the end stage of pulsatilla’s condition. They have become loners, introverted and too frightened of the hard, harsh world (Mind: company, aversion to). Yes! You’re right, Pulsatilla is very changeable! They vary from one moment to the next and ohhh…over there, that one is devoted to her religious prayers (Mind: Religious affections).

This offers them the security and the stucture they so lack. You see, Pulsatilla is called “the wind flower”, because they are so easily tossed this way and that by the wind, not able to take a firm stand. Rigid beliefs can be a way for them to stay anchored.

Pulsatilla’s passive, mild nature gives her a softness that draws out the sympathy of others. Only in the final stages of pulsatilla will you see disconnectedness and isolation.

They behave with affection and will give attention but mostly in the hope of receiving it in return. Pulsatillas are needy and may appear greedy and jealous (MIND: JEALOUSY, AILMENTS FROM). It is as if there were a big hole inside that they just can’t fill no matter how hard they try. They will ask, “Do you love me?” over and over again.

Over there you can see a pulsatilla girl being cuddled; that makes everything better, even for the adults, being consoled is what they love best (MIND: CLINGY, HELD, WANTS TO BE). But this little blonde haired blue eyed girl we have been watching for a few days, she has pains–wandering pains, and we are concerned. She is thirstless, which is typical for Pulsatilla, and no two stools are alike–changeable, you know–and has had a yellowish to yellow-green, bland discharge coming from her nose. Also, as the pains get worse, she gets colder. Mom understands her and knows that warm temperatures are intolerable to her and takes her out in the cold fresh air to help her condition as well as ensuring she is lying on the painful side as this seems to help the situation.

Pulsatillas desire cold food and they loathe fat–but don’t confuse that with butter, which they actually love, as well as ice cream, though they may regret having eaten it later (Desires ice cream. Ice cream aggravates.). If you turn to your right you can see a pulsatilla man waking from sleep. If I know pulsatilla correctly he will have a white coated tongue and will feel unrefreshed from his sleep (Sleep: unrefreshing), as he would have taken a long time to get to sleep from the night before (Sleep: Insomnia, night, midnight, until, fixed thoughts [from]).
As you can see he sleeps on his back with his hands above his head or behind his head.

I would like to conclude this part of the pulsatilla exhibit with a sweet flower myth of the sympathetic, weeping, pulsatilla. The pulsatilla speaks of being forsaken. The jealous Greek goddess Flora turned the nymph Anemone into a windflower when she had attracted the attention of her husband, Zephyr. He abandoned Anemone; leaving her blowing in the wind.2/ So there you have it, that is Pulsatilla! Now where to next?

What? Bryonia?

But why? Can’t you see they don’t want to be disturbed? Maybe next time.


* Remarks in red pertain to how the described behaviors are listed and found in the Homeopathic Repertory.






About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

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Lowanna Hugall

Lowanna Hugall


  • i dont like to be a pulsatilla!
    I know it may sound strange but I would like to know if there is a chance to change your constitution? Strict controlling of myself will lead me to worst, or I will help to myself?

    thank you!

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