Pulsatilla for Breach Pregnancies, and How Does It Grow?
Answered by: Conrad Richter and Susan Eagles
Question from: Gin
Posted on: May 01, 2007

What is pulsatilla and how does it grow?

Pulsatilla is also known as pasque flower which is the name used in the Richters catalog. It is an attractive perennial European wildflower. It is hardy in zones 5-7. Its diminutive size (15-30 cm / 6-12 in.) and masses of purple flowers in spring make it a favourite for rock gardens. It is a challenge to grow from seeds as they require cold in order to germinate.

Does it have any side effects, especially when used to turn a breech position in pregnancy?

Susun Weed, in her book "Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year", mentions using homeopathic Pulsatilla 30x as an option for turning a breach presentation. The homeopathic remedy is the only pulsatilla preparation used for breach births that I know. Homeopathic remedies are so diluted from a herbal tincture that there are no actual molecules of the herb remaining in the remedy. Because of the extremely low dose. unwanted side effects are seldom experienced with homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic remedies are made using special processes, so cannot be prepared at home from your own plants. The fresh plant is poisonous. Herbal preparations are only made from the dried plant.

Other remedies that Susun Weed mentions for turning breach presentations include: the most successful is a headstand done while totally immersed in water, done early and often in the pregnancy; visualization of the fetus lying head down in the uterus; frequent swimming.

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