Hahnemann’s proving symptoms of homeopathy remedy Pulsatilla from Materia Medica Pura, which Samuel Hahnemann wrote between 1811 to 1821 …

(From vol. ii, 3td edit. 1893.)

(Anemone Pratensis)

(The expressed juice of the whole green fresh plant mixed with equal parts of alcohol by shaking. After the cloudiness has settled down, the clear fluid is decanted off. Of this two drops are dropped into the first of 30 diluting-phials (each filled three quarters full with 99 drops of alcohol), and the phial being corked is held in the hand and the contents potentized by means of two strokes of the arm from above downwards. This is to be marked first dilution or 1/100. Of this one drop is to be introduced into the second phial and two equal shakes administered (to be marked second dilution or 1/10000) One drop of this is to be introduced into the third phial, and this process is to be repeated, until the thirtieth phial is provided with one drop from the twenty-ninth (which had got its drop from the twenty eighth phial and been twice shaken); this is also to be twice shaken and marked 30th dilution or X.)

THIS very powerful plant produces many symptoms on the healthy human body (as may be seen from the following tolerably complete list), which often correspond to the morbid symptoms commonly met with; hence, also, they admit of frequent homoeopathic employment, and often do good. We can therefore unquestionably reckon it as a remedy of many uses (polychrest).

It is useful in acute as well as in chronic diseases, as its action, even in small doses, lasts from ten to twelve days.

I have indicated the peculiarities of its symptoms in the notes, therefore I will not repeat them here.

As the experiments, whose results will be found below, were chiefly made by me with very moderate and small doses, the symptoms recorded are consequently almost without exception primary effects.

The homoeopathic employment of this, as of all other medicines, is most suitable when not only the corporeal affections of the medicine correspond in similarity to the corporeal symptoms of the disease, but also when the mental and emotional alterations peculiar to the drug encounter similar states in the disease to be cured, or at least in the temperament of the subject of treatment.

Hence the medicinal employment of pulsatilla will be all the more efficacious when, in affections for which this plant is suitable in respect to the corporeal symptom, there is at the same time in the patient a timid, lachrymose disposition, with a tendency to inward grief and silent peevishness, or at all events a mild and yielding disposition, especially when the patient in his normal state of health was good tempered and mild (or even frivolous and good-humouredly waggish). It is therefore especially adapted for slow, phlegmatic temperature; on the other hand, it is but little suitable for persons who form their resolutions with rapidity, and are quick in their movements, even though they may appear to be good tempered.

It acts best when there is a disposition to chilliness and adipsia.

It is particularly suitable for females when their menses usually come on some days after the proper time; and especially also when the patient must lie long in bed at night before he can get to sleep, and when the patient is worst in the evening. It is useful for the ill effects caused by partaking of pork.

When pulsatilla has been given in too large a dose, or in an unsuitable case, and has consequently produced disagreeable effects, these according to their peculiar character, may be removed by chamomilla (particularly when drowsiness, exhaustion, and diminution of the senses are permanent) or by an infusion of coffee, (e.g. in the timorous anxiety), or by ignatia or nux vomica. The fever, the disposition to weep, and the pains of pulsatilla with all their aftersufferings can be most quickly removed by the tincture of raw coffee.

The proper dose is a small globule moistened with the thirtieth potency, repeated at most every twenty-four hours; in acute diseases the olfaction of a globule the size of a mustard seed is preferable.


Symptoms are taken from the following sources:

BERGIUS, Mat. med.

HELLWING, Flora Campana, Lips, 1719.

HEYER, in Crell ‘s Journ, ii.

SAUR, in Bergius’ Mat. Medorrhinum

STOERCK, ANT. v., Von der Pulsatille.

In the Frag. de vir. pulsatilla has 300 symptoms, in the 1st edit. 1073, in the 2nd edit 1163, in this last edition they are reduced to 1154 (correcting the erroneous enumeration).]



Violent vertigo like intoxication. [Stf.]

Vertigo, like that which occurs on turning round for a long time in circle, combined with nausea. [Hbg.]

Vertigo (immediately), still worse the next day. [Fr. H-n.]

5. Vertigo as from intoxication. (5, 7, comp. 41, 1077)

Vertigo as if the blood mounted to the head; raking and grasping in it.

Giddy staggering, as from intoxication, with internal heat of head and paleness of the normally warm face, especially in the evening.

Staggering as from the side. [Fr. H-n.]

Staggering, as from drinking spirits. [Hbg.]

10. Attacks of vertigo, intoxication, heat.

After eating he feels as if intoxicated.

Vertigo, especially when sitting.

Vertigo in the morning on rising from bed; on account of it be must lie down again.

Vertigo when taking a walk in the open air, (One of the alternating states of pulsatilla, which always comes on later and more rarely than the opposite state, where the ailments are relieved or go off in the open air, but recur when sitting and when at rest, as may be seen in part in S. 15.) which goes off on sitting down.

15. Whirling, only when sitting, and stupid in the head, and as if sleepy.

Vertigo, he imagines he cannot stand (in the 1st hours).

Vertigo, he imagines he cannot comprehend a subject (in the 1st hours).

A kind of vertigo-when he turns the eyes upwards-as if he would fall, or as if he were dancing. (Comp. 64.)

Vertigo when stooping, as if he would fall down, as from intoxication; followed by inclination to vomit (aft. 6 h.).

20. Vertigo when stooping down, so that she could hardly raise herself up again.

When stooping he feels as if the head became too heavy, land he could not raise himself up again.

Vertigo as from a weight in the head, when walking and stooping, with some whirling which was also felt when lying.

When stooping forwards sensation in the head as if he would fall forwards.

Staggering when walking as if he had vertigo, and yet he is not giddy, in the evening.(Comp, 810.) (aft. 3 d.).

25. Dulness in the head and vertigo, caused by moving.

Cannot support his head nor hold it upright, must lie down, and yet cannot remain in bed. (A kind of third alternating state, which is intermediate between the production of the symptoms when sitting and the production of symptoms by movement.)

Headache, when lying down for the midday siesta, in the half of the brain of the side on which he is not lying. (Comp. 58.) (aft. 18 h.).

Cannot maintain the head erect, cannot raise it.

Heavines of the head. (Comp. 102, 733, 1014.)

30. Heaviness in the head, he cannot bear the light of a candle. (The oversensitiveness of the eyes to light, comp. 103, 104, 105, 107 is an alternating state with the dimness of vision caused by Pulsatilla. See 94, 98, 99, 101, 102.)

Dulness of the head and pains in the forehead as if beaten to pieces.

Headache, so that he would like to incline his head to one side.

Headache on moving the eyes, deep in the orbits, as if the forehead would fall out, and the frontal bones were too thin; with dulness of the head, in the evening. (33, 33, comp. with 213, 712, 788, 900.) (aft. 48 h.).

Semilateral headache, as if the brain would burst, and the eyes fall out of the head.

35. Head stupid, so that the eyes in her head are painful.

Head as if stupid and heavy.

Stupid feeling in the head, and pain as from a bruise in the forehead.

Stupid feeling in the head, as if his memory were defective (aft. 2 h.).

Emptiness and hollowness in the head; his head felt like a lantern.

40. Emptiness and pain in the head as from a debauch the previous day. (Comp, 931, 1051.)

Headache as from intoxication and night-watching (aft. 12 h.).

Dulness in the head; his thoughts leave him.

A thought he has once entertained he cannot get rid of.

Headache causing him to be confused, when he comes into the warm room. (Comp. 573.)

45. Creeping pain in the forehead. (Comp. 102, 723.) (aft. 1 h.).

Gurgling in the head, at night; he distinctly heard the pulse beating in it.

Headache like throbbing of the arteries in the brain (aft. 6 h.).

Throbbing headache about midnight.

Throbbing pain in the forehead, when stooping and when exerting his mind, which goes off on walking, in the evening.

50. Headache in the occiput, a rythmical throbbing. [Hbg. ]

Throbbing, aching pain in the head, which was alleviated by external pressure. (This diminution of the pains by external pressure occurs in other pulsatilla pains; see 840, 841. ) (aft. 1/2 h.).

Aching pain in the head on stooping forwards.

In the forehead, above the orbits, an aching pain involving the head. [Rkt.]

Dull headache, especially pressive in the forehead (aft. 1/4 h.). [Rkt. ]

55. Aching pain in the whole forehead at once, only when walking.

Aching pain in the occiput; at the same time frequently hot in the body and always in transpiration.

Aching, tearing pain in the left side of the occiput, in the morning (aft. 60 h.).

After lying down to sleep heavy headache, on the side on which he is not lying. (Comp. 27.)

Drawing pain in the occiput above the nape, in the morning. (Comp, 61, 102.) (aft. 60 h.).

60. Headache on awaking and some time thereafter; the brain confused and as if lacerated, as in putrid fever, or after drinking spirits (aft. 6, 12 h.).

Watering of one eye with drawing headache.

Pain on the hairy scalp on stroking back the hair, a kind of drawing pain.

Tensive headache over the brain (aft. 1 h.). [Rkt.]

Tensive drawing pain in the forehead above the orbits; which is aggravated by raising up the eye. (Comp. 33. )

65. Headache: the brain is as if squeezed in, with a boring pain in the vertex..

Headache in the temples, as if constricted. [Stf.]

Above the eyes a contractive headache, which is aggravated if she looks closely at anything.

An out-boring headache with dull stitches.

Single sharp blows or jerks in the right half of the brain (aft.1 h.).

70. Jerking tearing in both temples, as if they would be torn asunder.

Headache: Shooting from the occiput through the ears.

Shooting in the occiput, which is aggravated lying down, but does off on rising up.

Stitches which dart through the whole brain, after dinner till bed-time, mingled with shivering and attacks of faintness (aft.16 h.)

Semilateral shooting in the head.

75. Shooting pain in the head. [HEYER, in Crell’s Journ., ii, p. 205.]

Shooting and tearing in the head, especially in the temples.[Fr.H-n.]

Stitches in the temples.

Stitches out at the forehead, in the evening.

Cutting headache.

80. Evening headache, as from stuffed coryza; followed by dry heat in bed and sopor, with delirious visions and almost waking dreams. (Comp. 999, 1006, 1093.)

Headache as from having eaten too much, or from having disordered the stomach by over-loading it with too fat meat. (Comp. 321, 327.)

Humming in the head.

Rushing in the head, and still louder roaring before the ears, on account of which he must go to bed in the evening earlier than usual. [Fr. H-n.]

Headache, occasionally, as if a keen wind blew through the brain. (Comp. 155.) (aft. 40 h.).

85. Crepitation in the brain, when walking, synchronous with the pulse.

The headache, which ceases and returns at indeterminate time, is especially severe when walking in the open air. [Rkt.]

Contracts the pupils at first.

Dilates the pupils at last.

Dilated pupils. [Rkt.]

90.Swollen eyes and sensation in them as if they were squinting.

He sees objects double (aft. several h.).

Obscuration of the sight with inclination to vomit and pale face. (92, 93, 94, 98, 99,101, 102 comp. with 97, 1078. )

Vertiginous, obscuration of the sight after sitting, on standing upright and commencing to walk (aft. 24 h.)

Dimness of vision, like a mist before the eyes, on rising from a seat and walking (aft.24 h.).

95. Dim vision like a mist before the eyes.[Hbg. ]

Pale vision. [Stf.]

Obscuration of sight. (From the emanations. ) [SAUR,( Effects of emanations while evaporating the juice. -With S. 113.) in Bergius, Mat. Med. p. 517.]

In the morning on rising from bed, it is very dark before his eyes.

Transient obscuration of sight.

100. Greater acuteness of vision for distant objects. (Curative action after a large dose.)

During some days recurring obscuration of sight.

Sight and hearing leave him, with drawing pain in the head and a sensation of heaviness and formication in the brain, followed by chilliness. ( Comp. 723, also 29, 30 and 45, likewise 59, 61.)

(Glittering before the eyes.)

He sees fiery circles before the eyes, which become, more expanded and larger towards noon (this ceases towards evening).

105. The flame of a candle appears surrounded by a star-like halo.

On shaking the head there is shooting in the left eye, and a tear escapes.

One eye or the other suffers shooting pains, almost without inflammation of the white, and he cannot look into the flame of a candle; he can only open the eyelids a little way (aft. 3 h.).

Headache extended into the right eye, there was aching in the latter, and a tear escaped from it.

Headache extended down.into the eyes, so that they were painful, in the evening.

110. In the white of the eye near the cornea, a small (inflamed) red spot (aft. 30 h.).

The bolder of the lower eyelid is inflamed and swollen, and in the morning a tear escapes from the eye.

The eyes are full of water, they weep; eyes deeply sunk. [ANT. v. STOERCK,( Effects observed mainly in patients.) Von der Pulsatille, Frft., 1771.]

Swelling and redness of the eyelids. [SAUR, 1. c.]

A stye on the eyelid, and inflammation of the white of the eye, now in one now in the other canthus, with drawing tensive pain therein on moving the facial muscles, and with ulcerated nostrils. (Comp. 184, 185, 585, 586.)

115. Dryness of the eyelids (aft. 12 h.).

Dryness of the eyelids especially when he is sleepy (aft. 1.5h.).

Dryness of the right eye and sensation as if it were obscured by mucus hanging upon it, which could be wiped away, in the evening (aft. 24 h.). ( Also in the morning after waking, and in the afternoon after the siesta, there occurs with pulsatilla not unfrequently such a dimness of vision as if something hung upon the cornea, whereby vision is impeded more in one eye. less in the other, which seems as if it might be wiped away, but does not actually go away until this Symptom naturally disappears of itself.)

Dryness of the eyes, and in the morning a sensation, as if a foreign body pressed on it (aft, many h.).

Pain in the eye, as if it were scraped with a knife. (In a case of chronic syphilitic ophthalmia.) [STOERCK, 1. c.].

120. An aching pain in the left eye.

An aching pain in the inner canthus of the eye.

An aching burning pain in the eyes especially in the morning and evening.

Aching pain in the eyes as if heat were in them.

Aching burning pain in the eye as if a hair had got into it.

125. Uncommon tearing, boring cutting pains in the eye. (In a case of amaurosis, coincident with improvement of vision.) [STOERCK,1. c.]

When reading, an aching in the eye, as if sand were in it, which went off when he left off reading, and returned on again reading.

In the evening after sunset itching in the inner canthi of the eyes, as if a sore were healing; after rubbing there occurs an aching, pricking pain.

In the eyes a burning and itching, which compels scratching and rubbing.

Itching pricking in the eyes, compelling scratching (aft. 24 h.).

130. Itching in the eyes.

Itching of the eyeball in the outer canthus in the evening; in the morning the eyelids are as if gummed up with matter (aft. 8 h.).

The inner canthus is as if glued up with matter in the morning.( Comp. 139, 181.)

The eyelids are gummed up in the morning.

Itching (eroding) and burning in the eyelids in the evening.

135. In the inner canthus a smarting pain, as if it were excoriated (aft. 8 h.).

In the cold open air the eyes water. (136, 137, 138. This watery state of the eye is an alternating state with 115, 118.)

In the open air there is dimness before the eyes and they weep.

In wind the eyes become full of water (aft. 10 h.).

Blear eyed.

140. Quivering of the eyelids.

( A pimple on the forehead.)

A smarting itching on the hairy scalp (142, 143, comp. with 144.) (aft. 9 h.).

On the hairy scalp, small swellings, with pain like ulceration.

On the hairy scalp in the occipital region, a large pimple or pustule filled with matter, with fine tearing pains. [Hbg.]

145. Sweat on the face and hairy scalp. [Hbg. ]

Quivering in the muscles and cheeks.

Warmth and feeling of warmth in the face. [Hbg,]

Shuddering on one side of the face. (The occurrence of symptoms on only one half of the body is a frequent peculiarity of pulsatilla. Comp. 906, 921, 1073, 1074, 1077, 1098, 1099, 1100, Rhus. belladonna cocculus show something similar.)

Pallor of the face.

150. A tension in the face and in the fingers (especially on taking hold of something) as if the parts would swell.

Painful sensitiveness, like excoriation of the skin of the lips and face, when touched.

Rush of blood to the auditory apparatus (aft. 8 h.).

Murmur in the ear synchronous with the pulse. (153, 154, 155, comp. with 82.)

Frequent humming in the ear.

155. Noise in the ear as from wind, or from the rushing of water, after 4 p.m. (aft. 10 h.).

Roaring in the ears (aft. 7, 8 h.), which lasted two days and went off by a sudden shock which went like an electric shock from the head to over the chest with sensation before the eyes as when a soap bubble bursts. [Mch.]

Sensation in the ear, as if it were stopped up, and a roaring in it, as from a loud distant noise (aft. 21 h.). [Rkt.]

A trembling vibrating ringing in the ears, as when an iron bar is struck (aft. 3 h.).

Ringing in the ears (from the 4th to the 8th h.).

160. A fine ringing in the right ear, then in the left with an agreeable tickling sensation in the region of the membrana tympani. [Hbg.]

Chirping in the ear as of grasshoppers, in the morning in bed (aft. 50 h.).

Hardness of hearing, as if the ears were stopped up (162, 163, comp. 107.)(aft. 3 h.).

Hardness of hearing, as if the ears were stopped up, with trembling and perspiration on the back – recurring on alternate hours (aft. 3 h.).

Itching deep in the ear (aft. 24 h.).

165. In the right ear much itching, in the afternoon and evening (aft. 30 h.).

Itching pricking in the interior of the ear (aft. 6 h.).

Single tearing twitching through the ears (aft. 12 h.).

Twitching in the ears.

Twitching in the auricle, then heat only of that ear.

170. Violent pain in the ear, as if something would force itself out there.

Heat, redness and swelling of the auricle (aft. some h.).

On the auricle heat and perspiration.

When blowing the nose the air penetrates from within into the ear, as if it would be distended thereby; at the same time stiches that dart thence to the eye.

Pus flows out of the left ear (aft. 12 h.).

175. A small painful gland rises between the tragus and the maxillary joint.

A large, red lump in the region of the zygoma.

A red hard elevation on the right cheek in front of the ear, with burning contractive pain (aft. 5 d.).

On the tragus there occurs a scabby eruption with burning smarting pain, which exudes a watery fluid, and a glandular swelling further down on the neck, which is painful when touched.

A creaking in the ear on moving the head or the body (aft. 4, 16 h.).

180. In the parotid gland a shooting pain.

In the root of the nose, near the canthus of the eye, an abscess, as if a lachrymal fistula would form there.( Comp. 132, 135.)

(On stooping forwards pain in the root of the nose as from an ulcer.)

Aching sensation in the root of the nose. [Stf.]

In the left nostril sensation as from an ulcer (aft. 8 h.).

185. The ala nasi is ulcerated externally and exudes a watery fluid (aft. 6 h.).

Twitching pain in the nose.

In the morning smell in the nose like old coryza.( Comp. 188, 589.)

Samuel Hahnemann
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) was the founder of Homoeopathy. He is called the Father of Experimental Pharmacology because he was the first physician to prepare medicines in a specialized way; proving them on healthy human beings, to determine how the medicines acted to cure diseases.

Hahnemann's three major publications chart the development of homeopathy. In the Organon of Medicine, we see the fundamentals laid out. Materia Medica Pura records the exact symptoms of the remedy provings. In his book, The Chronic Diseases, Their Peculiar Nature and Their Homoeopathic Cure, he showed us how natural diseases become chronic in nature when suppressed by improper treatment.

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