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.
Dried whole herb.
Glycoside (ranunculin in fresh
herb, which converts to anemonin on drying); saponins; tannins; resin.
Sedative; relieves pain; reduces muscle tension and spasm; kills bacteria.
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.
Infusion, decoction, tincture, tablets, homeopathic remedies.
Fresh is poisonous, use only dried.