Pulsatilla, or Puls, prepared by Joseph James, Cheltenham. A common nineteenth-century herbal medicine, pulsatilla was prescribed by practitioners of homeopathy and physicians throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Pulsatilla, part of the buttercup family, is also referred to as pasque flower, meadow anemone and prairie crocus. Although it was well known that all plants in the buttercup family were poisonous, it was hoped that the plant would prove more toxic to patients’ illnesses than to the patients themselves. Usually dispensed in the form of small white pills composed of powdered pulsatilla root, pulsatilla was recommended to treat a multitude of ailments including blindness, syphilis, tapeworms and strokes.
“Pulsatilla,” RCPE Artefacts, accessed May 30, 2020, http://artefacts.rcpe.ac.uk/items/show/332.