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Pulsatilla

What is it?

Pulsatilla is an herbal medicine used to treat painful conditions of the male and female reproductive system and stomach or digestive problems. It may also be used to treat skin infections and sleeping problems.

Other names for Pulsatilla include: Pulsatilla nigrans, Easterflower, Crowfoot, Windflower, Meadow Anemone, and Pasque Flower.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Pulsatilla you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Pulsatilla. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Warnings:

  • Before taking Pulsatilla, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • One of the ingredients in fresh Pulsatilla can bother the nose, throat, stomach, and skin. Fresh Pulsatilla should not be eaten or put on the skin. Use only dried Pulsatilla (3).
  • Pulsatilla is a potential poison so use only with the advice of a health care giver (4)

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Nausea (upset stomach) (3)
  • Your nose and eyes can get irritated if you breathe in fresh Pulsatilla. This should not happen if the dried herb is used (3).

References:

1. Bradley PR (ed.): British Herbal Compendium, vol. 1. British Herbal Medicine Association, Bournemouth, UK; 1992.

2. Duke JA: Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1985.

3. Martin ML et al: Pharmacological effects of lacones isolated from Pulsatilla alpina subsp. apiifolia. J Ethnopharmacol 1988; 24:185-191.

4. Fetrow CW & Avila JR: Professional's Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Springhouse Corporation, Springhouse, PA; 1999L 527-530.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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