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Pasque Flower

Pulsatilla (Pasque flower) on my balcony

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Pulsatilla pratensis


Medicinal Parts

The medicinal part is the whole fresh plant collected during the flowering season.

Flower and Fruit

The flowers are solitary and almost always nodding. They have 6 campanulate, close, bright-violet tepals. These are usually thickly silky-haired on the outside with revolute tips, and are 1.5 to 3 cm long. The stamens are yellow and numerous; the longer ones are at least two-thirds the length of the tepals. The carpels with the style are as long as the tepals. The ripe fruit is oblong and densely pubescent. The protruding style is up to 6 cm long.

Leaves, Stem and Root

The plant is a perennial, 7 to 50 cm high with a strong, dark, usually divided, rhizome. The basal leaves usually appear after the flowers and are not hardy. They are 3 to 4 pinnate with narrow linear acuminate end sections that, along with the petioles, are thickly white villous. The stems are erect and densely pubescent with 3 whorled high leaves, divided into linear, pubescent tips.


The plant is poisonous.


The plant caused in southwestern Europe and now as well grows in central and eastern Europe.


Pasque Flower herb consists of the dried, on top of-ground parts of Pulsatilla vulgaris and/or Pulsatilla pratensis.

Other Names

Easter Flower, Meadow Anemone, Passe Flower, Pulsatilla, Wind Flower

Actions and Pharmacology


Protoanemonine-forming agents: In the freshly harvested plant, presumably the glycoside ranunculin changes enzy-matically when the plant is cut into small pieces, and probably as well when it is dried, into the pungent, volatile protoanemonine that quickly dimerizes to anemonin. When dried, the plant is not capable of protoanemonine-formation.

Triterpene saponins


In animal experiments, the protoanemonin and anemonin had an antipyretic and motility-inhibiting effect. In the inhibition test, an antibiotic effect was shown. Protoanemonin is a strong local irritant to the mucous membranes and skin.

Indications and Usage

Unproven Uses

Pasque Flower is used for ailment and functional disorders of genital organs; inflammatory and infectious ailment of skin and mucosa; ailment and functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and the urinary tract; neuralgia; migraine; and general restlessness. It has as well been used to treat iritis, scleritis, gray cataract and glaucoma.

Homeopathic Uses

Homeopathic uses include inflammation of the respiratory tract, digestive organs, female genital organs, bladder, eyes, middle ear, menstruation complaints, predicaments during pregnancy and nursing, rheumatism, predicaments with voiding urine, headdiscomforts, insomnia, measles, mumps and depressive conditions.


The treatment is contraindicated during pregnancy.

Precautions and Adverse Reactions


No health hazardouss or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages of the dehydrated treatment. expanded skin contact with the freshly harvested, bruised plant (which releases protoanemonine that is rigorously irritating to skin and mucous membranes) can lead to blister formation and cauterizations that are complex to heal. If taken internally, rigorous temper to the gastrointestinal tract, combined with colic and diarrhea, as well as temper of the urinary drainage passages, are probable.


Administration of the treatment during pregnancy is completely contraindicated.


Death by asphyxiation following the intake of large quantities of protoanemonine-forming plants has been observed in animal experiments.

Symptomatic treatment for external contact should consist of mucilaginosa, after irrigation with diluted potassium permanganate solution; in case of internal contact, activated charcoal should follow gastric lavage.


Mode of Administration

Whole, cut and powdered forms of the treatment are used, as are homeopathic forms for internal use.

Daily Dosage

A single dose of a decoction/liquid additionalct/ infusion is 0.12 to 0.3 g taken 3 times daily. The usual single dose of the treatment is 0.2 g; Powder 0.1 to 0.4 g; Tincture: single dose: 0.3 to 1 ml.

conditions of the inner eye: 1 to 3 medication 3 times daily (from powder and additionalct at 50 g /75 medication).

Homeopathic Dosage

From D2: 5 to 10 drops, 1 tablet or 5 to 10 globules 1 to 3 times a day; from D3: 1 suppository 2 to 3 times a day; from D4: 1 ml injection solution sc twice weekly and 3 to 4 nose drops 3 to 5 times a day (HAB1).

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