What is pulsatilla used for?

Pulsatilla is a plant. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are dried and used as medicine.

For internal use, pulsatilla is used for painful conditions of the male and female reproductive system, such as:

  • Swelling of the testicles (orchitis)
  • Swelling of a structure in the back of the testicles (epididymitis)
  • Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)
  • Painful ovaries (ovaralgia)

Pulsatilla is also used for:

  • Tension headache
  • Hyperactivity
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • Boils
  • Asthma and other lung diseases
  • Earache
  • Migraines
  • Nerve pain (neuralgia)
  • General restlessness
  • Disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI)
  • Disorders of the urinary tract

Pulsatilla is applied directly to the skin for boils, bacterial skin infections, and inflammatory diseases of the skin.

Pulsatilla may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies showing pulsatilla might be able to fight pain, fever, spasms, and bacteria. It might also have calming effects like a sedative.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using pulsatilla?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of pulsatilla or other medications or other herbals,
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is pulsatilla?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:

Not enough is known about the safety of using pulsatilla during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from pulsatilla?

It is not safe to take fresh pulsatilla by mouth or applied to the skin.

Pulsatilla may cause digestive tract, urinary tract, skin irritations, and allergic reactions. Contact with the skin can cause rash, inflammation, and itching.

There isn’t enough information about the dried plant to know if it is safe or what the side effects might be.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.


What interactions may I have with pulsatilla?

This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for pulsatilla?


To prepare an infusion with pulsatilla, add half to one teaspoonful of the dried up herb to one cup (250 ml) of boiling water and allow it to permeate for about 10 to 15 minutes.

For best results, this infusion should be taken thrice every day or whenever it is required.


The standard dosage of the pulsatilla tincture is 1-2 ml taken 3 times every day.

The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does pulsatilla come in?

This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet
  • Infusion
  • Tincture

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.



Review Date: April 15, 2017 | Last Modified: April 15, 2017

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