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Anemone pulsatillaAnemone pulsatilla (Ranunculaceae)

PASQUE FLOWER, WINDFLOWER, MEADOW ANEMONE, PRAIRIE ANEMONE

 

The whole herb, dried or sometimes compressed into tablets, is used by herbalists as a sedative, and to relieve tension, spasm, and pain in a wide range of conditions from headaches to disorders of the male and female reproductive systems. It is given by homeopaths for catarrh, indigestion, and measles.

 

Named after its habit of flowering at Easter, the pasque flower has been used in medicine since the time of the ancient Greeks at least. It is native to northern Europe and thrives on chalky soils. A perennial, it has leathery leaves that are covered in long hairs and grow in a rosette close to the ground, a thick root, and purple flowers.

 

PARTS USED

Dried whole herb.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Glycoside (ranunculin in fresh herb, which converts to anemonin on drying); saponins; tannins; resin.

 

ACTIONS

Sedative; relieves pain; reduces muscle tension and spasm; kills bacteria.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Given to relieve tense and painful conditions of the male and female reproductive systems, such as painful periods, orchitis (inflammation of the testicles), and prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland). Also used for tension headache, hyperactivity, insomnia, and earache. Used in homeopathy (Pulsatilla) for catarrh, indigestion, measles and for conditions characterized by weepiness and indecision, and by Chinese physicians for diarrhoea.

 

PREPARATIONS

Infusion, decoction, tincture, tablets, homeopathic remedies.

 

CAUTION

Fresh is poisonous, use only dried.

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