(From vol. ii, 3td edit. 1893.)
(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.
[HAHNEMANN’S fellow provers were, FRIEDRICH HAHNEMANN, HORNBURG, MICHLER, E. F. RUCKERT, STAPF.]
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.]