Anemone pulsatilla

Anemone pulsatilla (Pulsatilla vulgaris)                                   Common name: Pulsatilla, Pasque Flower

Family: Ranunculaceae

Part used: Dried aerial (leaf & flower)

Constituents: Lactonic glucoside (ranunculin), triterpenoid saponins, tannins, volatile oil, flavonoids

Actions: Adonyne, sedative, anti-bacterial, alterative, antispasmodic

Medical uses: Indicated whenever there is pain associated with a condition (especially of the reproductive system) (eg. dysmenorrhea, endometriosis) and also insomnia.

Pharmacy: Infusion: 1 tsp/cup, infuse 15 min, TID. Dried herb: 0.3g, TID. Tincture: (1:1, 25%), 0.12-0.3ml TID or (1:10, 40%), 1-2ml TID.

Contraindications: Pregnancy & lactation.

Toxicity: May cause excessive sedation and neurological suppression. Adverse effects include hypersalivation, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, arrhythmias, weakness, dyspnea, mydriasis, hypothermia, paralysis, convulsions, stupor. Fresh plant is poisonous.

Interactions: None known.

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