Pulsatilla Wind Flower

Pulsatilla Wind Flower

This is a very commonly used remedy for a variety of children’s complaints, haviour pattern. The typical behaviour picture in particular is extremely important when deciding whether or not to prescribe Pulsatilla. While with adults it is more commonly indicated for women than men, with children it is of equal use for either sexboth acute and chronic The prescription is usually made based on looking at the modalities, characteristic symptoms and especially the typical be

COMMON COMPLAINTS

earaches

eye complaints

colds, flus and fevers

digestive complaints

loneliness and clinginess

measles

mumps

chicken pox

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS

1 Yellow green, thick, bland catarrh or discharges.

2 Wandering pains.

3 Lack of thirst, even during fever

4 Worse in warm stuffy rooms or hot weather, better for open air.

5 Child is sensitive, weepy, emotional, changeable, moody; craves affectionand sympathy.

6 Worse for eating fat or rich food.

MODALITIES

Worse forwarm air, warm food and drinks, fatty or rich foods (park, icecream) 4cool open air, consolation and sympathy, crying, lying with head high or sitting semi-erect, cool drinks, slowly walking about (especially in open air)

TYPICAL BEHAVIOUR

This remedy is made from the Wind Flower, the name of the plant suggests variability and vulnerability, and that is just how children who need Pulsatilla are. They are extremely affectionate and lovable one minute and can be in a bad mood the next. They weep easily and can seem shy, then suddenly the next minute they are playful and noisy. They can get terribly upset if they are criticized, and in general feel much better after a good cry

They are fearful of being alone and can develop symptoms if they feel abandoned. They are extremely anxious and clingy, often asking their parents ‘Do you love me?” Due to this insecurity they are very anxious to please They may cry if they do not get attention, and some mothers report that they are like little shadows that follow them around all the time. They may also be afraid of the dark and of ghosts.

It is worth mentioning here that Pulsatilla is a very good remedy for young girls reaching puberty, when they are going through the tremendous emotional upsets that can occur around the time of menstruation particularly if their periods are delayed or heavy.

They tend to do well in the fresh open air, but do not like to get cold.

Their physical symptoms can be as changeable as their moods. Their bowel movements may be different every day, and any pain can travel from one part of the body to another.

Digestion

No thirst.

Child craves butter, ice-cream and cold foods. Fats and ice-cream can, however, aggravate the symptoms,

Indigestion, nausea, diarrhoea after eating rich foods, fats, pork or indigestion, accompanied by typical Pulsatilla behaviour

Earaches

Otitis media affecting weepy children who crave comfort and sympathy

Far pain that is worse for heat and at night.

There may be greenish yellow discharge from the ear.

Eyes

Conjunctivitis accompanied by a green or yellow discharge, better for coolapplications.

Fevers

No thirst

Child throws blankets off because of her aversion to heat.

Measles, Mumps and Chicken Pox See

relevant section

Nose

Profuse bland nasal discharge, greenish in colour

Hayfever worse in warm rooms.

Respiratory Complaints

Cough at night that causes the child to sit up. Bronchitis.

Allergic asthma accompanied by the typical behaviour and modalities ofPulsatilla.

Difficult breathing that is worse at night, when lying flat, in a warm room, when feeling emotional.

Difficult breathing better for sitting up and open air, sometimes better forslowly walking about in the open air