Nash gives the symptoms of homeopathy drug Pulsatilla in relation to Catarrh, Laryngitis, Croup, Bronchitis, Asthma, Pertussis, Pneumonia, Pleuritis, Tuberculosis & Cough. Leaders in Respiratory Organs by E.B. Nash, 1909….

Respiratory organs

Pulsatilla if the expectoration is thick, green and the patient craves fresh, cool air, and is better in a cool room. Pertussis (Whooping Cough).

Pulsatilla is first to be considered in a chronic catarrh, which has followed one or several acute attacks. The thin watery discharge of the first stage has changed to thick green, bland, sometimes offensive with loss of taste and smell. The nasal mucus becomes offensive as of old catarrh, it is worse in the evening and in a warm room, as is the patient generally, or, in other words, it is better in the open air.

Pulsatilla will sometimes close up the case when the expectoration becomes thick, profuse, green and bitter or offensive tasting, and the patient feels chilly, yet cannot bear the atmosphere of a close warm room. Pneumonia.

Pulsatilla, if the expectoration is green and bitter, there is bad taste in the mouth, the appetite is poor and the patient is very hungry for cold air, wants cool room or open air.

Pulsatilla, which is generally the best remedy if there is that bland discharge from the nose, or the same kind of expectoration with the cough. The sense of smell is blunted or lost, also taste, or bitter taste. There is no thirst, and generally poor appetite. The choice may lie between this remedy and.

Is indicated in those cases of lung trouble which instead of having a dry cough, the cough becomes loose, and the expectoration is of yellow or green mucus, with bitter taste, sometimes streaked with blood. The tongue is coated white, with little or no thirst, and loss of taste and sometimes smell, and the discharge from the nose corresponds with that expectorated. The menses have not appeared as they should; the patient grows weak, short breathed, especially oppressed in a close warm room, and feels much better in open air, though she chills easily, and if in pain chilly with the pains. This is a picture of a case following an acute attacks of bronchial or lung trouble. But there is another phase that is of equal importance. It is when the patient has had a suppression of the menses. Especially by chilling or wetting the feet, or in young girls where they do not come on or are delayed. The patient becomes chlorotic, chilly, and has the same aggravation indoors as above, and is greatly relieved in open air, also unlike Bryonia is better when moving slowly around. She has erratic pains, now here, now there, and is generally very sad and inclines much to weeping over her condition. This state is of course found very often in the well known Pulsatilla temperament. These are a few of the leading symptoms and this remedy is almost sure to check the progress of an incipient consumption if wisely applied. Let me say right here, that if the patient is of a psoric constitution, Sulphur, of course, must not be forgotten, but if not that Tuberculinum high complements Pulsatilla as well as Sulph does Bryonia; of course, according to indications which will often be found.

Cough character – Dry cough at night or evening, after lying down. Loose cough with copious expectoration of bitter or tasteless mucus; worse on lying down.

Cough aggravated by – worse evening; on lying down.

Cough ameliorated by – better sitting up; and cool air.

Accompaniment – Second stage of catarrhal colds with thick discharge from nose which is bland in character. Throat sore, raw, with distended veins. Aphonia, can’t speak loud. Loss of taste, or bitter taste. Constant chilliness, but generally aggravated in warm room with oppressed breathing. Phlegmatic subjects. Mild, yielding, tearful, inclined to despondency; easily moved to tears.

The respiratory troubles of Pulsatilla are often connected with menstrual irregularities, chilling or wetting the feet, especially when menstruating, or in amenorrhoea. Again in the sequelae of measles, where hoarseness and loose cough follow and obstinately persist. This is where those who have any tendency to lung trouble are often set going in that direction.

In the loose rattling cough with other Pulsatilla symptoms a timely and judicious use of this remedy may avert consumption. Kali sulphuricum is its chronic may be found to be a “finisher” in obstinate cases. Pulsatilla, Stannum, Kali hydroiod., Sepia and Sulphur from another quintette to be studied in such cases.

Dr. E.B. Nash 1838- 1917, was considered one of our finest homeopaths and teachers. He was Prof. of Materia Medica at the N.Y. Homoeopathic Medical College and President of International Hahnemannian Assoc. His book Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics is a classic. This article is from: :The Medical Advance - A monthly magazine of homoeopathic medicine - edited and published by H.C. Allen, M. D.