Pulsatilla chinensis is A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes,but a useful root with nickname White Haired Old Man.


Applications and Properties:


Chinese Pulsatilla Root Pulsatilla chinensis Bai Tou Weng Radix Pulsatillae ChinensisDetoxifier.Amoebic dysentery.Varicose veins.
Anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent and sedative.
Cardiotonic and nervous sedative.Cool the blood and stop dysentery.
Emotional nature, to cure erratic emotional and unstable moods.
Postnatal depression.Dry cough.Fever.Headache pains.
Constipation.Insomnia.Menstrual difficulties.
More Indications:Nervine, antispasmodic,alterative and diaphoretic.
Clear heat and detoxification,
Cool blood and relieve dysentery.
Clear heat and detoxification,
Dry dampness and kill parasites.


The root is an effective cure for bacterial and amoebic dysentery. It is also used in the treatment of malaria, nose bleeds and haemorrhoids and is used externally to treat Trichomonas vaginitis. The root is harvested in the autumn or before the plant comes into flower in the spring, it can be dried for later use.

The herb Radix Pulsatillae(Chinese Pulsatilla Root,Bai Tou Wen) taste bitter and nature cold.Enter into stomach,large intestine meridians.

The herb Radix Pulsatillae(Chinese Pulsatilla Root,Bai Tou Wen) indicated in TCM for pyretic toxicity(heat-toxicity)and blood dysentery,pruritus vulvae with morbid leucorrhea(gynaecological diseases),ameba dysentery,red white diarrhea,epistaxis(haemorrhagia nasalis,nosebleed),metrorrhagia and metrostaxis(uterine bleeding),blood hemorrhoids,cold and warm malaria,pruritus vulvae,eczema(dermatitis),scrofula(crewels,struma,scrofula bolus),ulcerative carbuncle,eye pain red,etc.

The herb Pulsatilla(Pulsatilla vulgaris) and Pasque Flower(Pulsatilla pratensis) are recommended at North America and Europe for coughs,asthma,headaches,and warts,sedative for sleep problems,painful menstrual cramps and other cramp- or spasm-related pain in the male or female reproductive tract,remedying cough,sleeping problems,migraine headache,eye disorders(including cataracts and glaucoma),lung disease,skin eruptions complicated by inflammation and bacterial infections.And in Homeopaths for painful or indigestion,digestive organs,runny nose,earache,certain eye disorders,nerve pain,depression,toothache,and urticaria(allergic itch),respiratory tract,female genital organs,bladder,eyes,middle ear,menstruation complaints,absent menstruation,problems during pregnancy and nursing,rheumatism,problems with voiding urine,headaches,insomnia,measles,mumps,and depressive states.

Suggested Dosage:The herb Radix Pulsatillae(Chinese Pulsatilla Root,Bai Tou Wen) is suggested internal as decoction 9 ~15 grams,or 15~30 grams,or into pellets or powder,external as proper amount decoction wash or mash apply.

Daily Dosage:the herb herb Pasque Flower(Pulsatilla pratensis) is suggested in PDR as a single dose of a decoction/liquid extract/infusion is 0.12 to 0.3 g taken 3 times daily.The usual single dose of the drug 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 pills 3 times daily(from powder and extract at 50 g/75 pills).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(HABI)

Safety and Toxicity:

Chinese Pulsatilla Root Pulsatilla chinensis Bai Tou Weng Radix Pulsatillae ChinensisIt is included in the British Pharmacopoeia and was formerly included in the United States Pharmacopoeia.If symptoms do not improve after the recommended time period, a homeopath or health care practitioner should be consulted.The recommended dose should not be exceeded.Those seeking this remedy should not use the fresh plant.

"Never ingest or topically apply fresh pulsatilla,which is poisonous.The toxic component in its volatile oil,protoanemonin,reportedly loses its toxicity quite quickly as drying degrades it.Avoid handling the plant.Protoanemonin from the fresh plant can cause severe skin and mucous membrane irritation with reddening,itching,and blistering.When inhaled,pulsatilla's volatile oil may irritate the eyes and mucous membranes in the nose.High internal doses can cause kidney and urinary tract irritation.Animal tests indicate that anemonin is toxic to cells;this has implications for causing cancer,although it has not been documented in humans.As for dried pulsatilla,it is not considered toxic in any way,but stick to moderate doses,as excessive ones can cause violent stomach upset.Allergic reactions have been reported as well.Pregnant women should never take pulsatilla,particularly given evidence that it can affect the menstrual cycle and has caused pregnancy losses and birth defects in animals grazing on the plant."


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