Pulsatilla 200C- when and why to use this remedy

Pulsatilla is a very common remedy to see in pregnancy, labour and postpartum.  If a remedy works well for you in pregnancy – i.e. it addresses your morning sickness, then it is highly likely that will also be useful for induction, to augment labour or to support any breastfeeding challenges.  Pulsatilla is a remedy that appears to follow a woman from pregnancy to postpartum and often it will be the first remedy to consider should the baby need a remedy.

Pulsatilla emotionally looks like:

  • weeps easily
  • looks for comfort and reassurance and allows this
  • indecisive
  • emotional about other children, fear of them feeling abandoned
  • looks to those around her for guidance instead of tapping into her own

Physically this translates as:

  • discharges that are yellow, thick and emerging from eyes, nose, ears – newborn goopy eyes
  • craves touch no matter what – even while in transition prefer to be cuddled and touched
  • morning sickness that changes day by day – different triggers, different times, different reactions to food.
  • indecisiveness is reflected in the baby assuming many positions during pregnancy and often goes breech, labour that starts and stops and is experienced all through the body – contractions in legs, bum, back, abdomen, unable to commit to the labour taking Pulsatilla will create a regular rhythm to the labour and is the gesture of commitment that is needed to progress.
  • goes into labour only when children are in bed or being cared for – reluctant to really be in labour without the midwives, husband, mother, support team that she has assembled all around her – within sight
  • very changeable milk supply and supply that is easily effected by food, company, upset, discharges etc.

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Pulsatilla is a plant remedy, made of the wind flower – it blooms in the spring and softly blows in the wind – a way to remember its soft, changeable nature and being a plant its reaction to and awareness of its environment.

Babies

  • use Pulsatilla for babies if you have a baby with separation anxiety – by that I mean if you cannot walk out of a room without the baby weeping.
  • This is such a useful remedy for siblings that may be feeling jealous and becoming very weepy and whiny as a means of expressing their feelings.  Pulsatilla will reassure them of their stability in the family.

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Pulsatilla for Induction of Labour

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Pulsatilla 200C is an amazing remedy to use for a labour that stops and starts.  The contractions are irregular – they move from 2 min. to 10 min. to 25 min. to 3 min. etc.  They are felt all over the body – abdomen, low back, down into the bum and the legs.  The nature of the remedy is evident in the labour pattern – it is constantly changing.

Pulsatilla is made of the wind flower and it is one of the most common remedies used during pregnancy.  The mental/emotional state of Pulsatilla is one of indecision.  They have a hard time committing to the work of labour.  They need an immense amount of support in order to give birth successfully – care providers are called early in labour along with  mothers, friends, doulas etc.

  • Once their support is in place they have to be actively encouraged every step of the way – they would prefer to get into bed, pull the covers over their head and forget anything is happening.
  • They are weepy in labour, wanting lots of touch and loving reassurance that they are doing well.   Like all plant remedies they are sensitive to their environment – facial expressions, temperature, equipment, sounds etc.
  • Pulsatilla women are often concerned about their babies during the birth process – they are connected to their children and want them to have a gentle and loving experience.
  • Breech presentation – Pulsatilla women generally have Pulsatilla babies – these are babies that change position often in utero and often end up breech.
  • For instructions on shifting a breech baby please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

  • Two pellets of Pulsatilla 200C will either stop the symptoms of false labour so that the mother may rest OR it will fire up labour, creating rhythmical, regular contractions that are productive and allow the birth process to move forward.