The Pulsatilla patient is glad, mad and sad, all moods within a few minutes. Oh! how earnestly they can cry, and how mad and sad they become! They often have some good excuse for all these moods. Usually of a mild, yielding disposition; seldom thirsty; want the open air; cannot eat fats, crave sweets but the stomach is disordered from over indulgence. Coryza and loss of smell; yellowish discharge from nose. Wandering pains; symptoms always changing.
The most typical case we ever heard of was a girl about nine years of age, face freckled and pale, hair yellow and tawny, thin in flesh. She had no mother, and her father could be with her only part of the time, but always gave her a “nickel” with which she bought candy or some sweet. Her brothers were always teasing her. Her greatest amusement was to lean out of the open window and “sass” the passers-by. Her stools always changed in character.
My mother took charge of her for six weeks; the child was given a pleasant room and surroundings; no scolding nor restraint except what was absolutely necessary. She never spoke of going home, yet how she did cry! My mother told her that as she did not like to see her cry, it was best that she go to her own room where she might cry all she wanted to. We called her bawlroom; she soon selected a wailing wall and there she would cry until she got tired of it.
She was given Pulsatilla, and made a rapid and permanent recovery. She is now one of the very finest women; none of her childhood mental infirmities have since troubled her.
Children can usually be corrected in a short time; adults also can be cured, but it takes longer. In either case, correct homoeopathic prescribing does work wonders.