In spite of being so yielding
if she is hurt she will resort to religious books. Praying then seems
to be the answer to all her problems. She will develop rigid, moralistic,
religious dogmatic ideas in this deeper stage.
AFFECTIONATE, MILD, TIMID, EMOTIONAL, TEARFUL :
“The medicinal employment of Pulsatilla will be all the more efficacious
when, in affections for which this plant is suitable in respect to the
corporeal symptom, there is at the same time in the patient a timid, lachrymose
disposition, with a tendency to inward grief and silent peevishness, or
at all events a mild and yielding disposition especially when the patient
in his normal state of health was good tempered and mild [or even frivolous
and good humouredly waggish].
It is therefore especially adapted for slow, phlegmatic temperaments;
on the other hand, it is but little suitable for persons who form their
resolutions with rapidity, and are quick in their movements, even though
they may appear to be good tempered.” [Hahnemann]
“In her dependence, however, she can place severe demands on the
time, solicitude and emotional reserves of friends, relatives, and acquaintances.
In family, amorous, and even friendly relationships, she seeks ever more
support until, at length, others feel they are captives. At first they
want to reach out in compassion, with a ‘Poor thing let me help
you’ impulse-which she allows. But with time this becomes burdensome.
In her tender affection she entwines them in chains of velvet, but they
are chains nonetheless, and those wishing to withdraw their support are
beset by feelings of guilt. Pulsatilla’s need for support is so
strong and real that others are reluctant to make her assume responsibility
for herself, even though the protection she seeks is not necessarily in
her best interest.” [Coulter] In other words just as he gives she
expects to receive in emotional terms.
Narrow places; in a crowd; of being alone; dark; death; misfortune; of
Insanity; of ghosts in the evening; therefore wants to hide or run.
SELF PITY :
BETTER BY CONSOLATION :
For Pulsatilla girl the Mother is the sole point of reference and if mother
is not there the child finds a substitute in a teddy bear, thumb sucking,
a favorite blanket etc. Pulsatilla lady loves being heard and hence even
during case taking take their own time as the homoeopath is willing to
listen to all her woes even giving her time to shed her tears often inviting
sympathy from the Homoeopath. A sense of relief appears on the face of
the Pulsatilla lady as she leaves the consulting room.
CHANGEABLE MOODS :
She is easily moved to tears or laughter. The Pulsatilla patient after
the slightest of emotions especially fright, mortification or excessive
joy gets difficulty in breathing. She has changeable moods and can get
offended and weep very easily especially from sadness resulting from disagreeable
TEMPERAMENT OF PULSATILLA –Phlegmatic, Sanguine, Melancholic, Nervous
Y.M.T. [YIELDING, MILD, TIMID]
These are three traits which come to any physicians mind when Pulsatilla
But when we take these rubrics and cross repertorise we find other drugs
also which cover the above. Amongst these the main remedies are: Silicea,
Lyco, Cocculus, Ignatia, Calc-silicata and Carcinosin.
These drugs can be differentiated by the below mentioned personality
traits in a patient.
1.Silicea Terra :
As we all know Silicea comes very close to Puls as it is also a very delicate,
refined and yielding remedy.It is also Mild, but with INNER RESISTANCE.
Silicea is yielding, irresolute but will finally do only what she wants
to. Obstinacy fixed ideas-does not openly revolt but sticks to her opinion.
She is convinced against her will but will stick to her opinion.[glass
is willing to break but will not mould so easily.]It also has a high degree
of Conscientiousness – great precision, great calculation and great
In terms of my study on temperament type Melancholic, Phlegmatic, Nervous.
2.Lycopodium Clavatum :
Lycopodium inspite of being a very strongly choleric remedy has extreme
lack of self-confidence. It has aversion to undertaking any new things.
Carefulness, cautiousness and irresolution about trifles is characteristic.
Timidity of the remedy is more linked to apprehension and hence it explains
the stage fright in the remedy. The lycopodium male is like a tyrant at
home but is very mild and nice and timid outside. Bravado is seen more
often in lyco than in any other type but it is an attempt to cover up
anxiety by acting confidently.
In terms of my study on temperament types Choleric, Nervous.
3.Cocculus Indicus :
The mildness of a Cocculus patient is because of the patient’s oversensitive
nature. We find her in most situations wanting to compromise or expecting
people to do so. This stems from her extreme sensitiveness to rudeness.
[Sensitive to rudeness-1, Ailments from rudeness-1, Sadness: insult, as
if from-2 one remedy rubric]. Cocculus lady is an Introvert with a lot
of caring nature towards her family members. Irresolution makes her yielding
In terms of my study on temperament types Phlegmatic, Melancholic.
4.Ignatia Amara :
Ignatia lady is quick to perceive and rapid in execution. Whereas Pulsatilla
is slow, indecisive, seeks opinion of others. The overbearing nature of
this remedy makes her take a lot of nonsense from others without an outrage
whereas the Staphysagria lady at some point reacts to the pressure and
exactly like a pressure cooker lets of steam in terms of anger which can
be scorching to the opposite person.
In terms of my study on temperament types. Melancholic, Sanguine, Nervous.
Calc-sil is characterized by its absent-mindedness, irritability, irresolution,
lack of self-confidence and FEARFULNESS [ailments from FEAR].It is utterly
AMBITIONLESS remedy. The lady is very dependant and hence yielding natured.
Even after the death of a dear one she seeks the support by talking to
the person in her dreams.
In terms of my study on temperament types Phlegmatic, Nervous.
In Carcinosin the ‘bringing up’ of the patient and the parents
play a very important role on the emotional and mental status of the patient.
The parents of the patient, either one or both are absolutely overanxious,
they bear down their child by overprotection and deprive it of an appropriate
development with all natural dangers; or they could be of the type who
demand too much of their children. To meet the expectations of the parents
the girl will go to a large extent not considering her own desires and
hence appears very yielding to the observer. [Ailments from: abuse: childhood
in-1] [Ailments from: domination by others: a long history of-1]. Thus
this form of suppression leads to precocity, also a high degree of sensitivity
to reproach, they cannot stand to be yelled at or criticized. [Mildness:
violence, masking the: 1. single remedy].
In terms of my study on temperament types Melancholic, Choleric, Sanguine.
I thank my assistant Dr Maulik Koradia for helping me in compiling this
- Prisma: The Arcana Of Materia Medica Illuminated - Frans Vermeulen
- Homeopathic Remedy Guide - Robin Murphy 2nd Edition
- Hahnemann’s Book Of Chronic Miasms
- Catherine Coulter - Portraits Of Remedies
- Temperament Types a study- Dr Parinaz Humranwala.