This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
COMMON NAME. Wind Flower.
MEDICINAL PARTS. Root, herb, and seed.
Description. -- This is a delicate and pretty plant, with a creeping root, simple erect stem, six to nine inches high, bearing but a single flower; leaves ternate; sepals, four to six; stamens and ovaries numerous.
History. -- This plant is common to Europe and the United States, bearing purplish and white flowers in April and May. The Meadow Anemone of Europe is the most active in its medicinal qualities. Its active principle is called Anemonine. This plant affords the Pulsatilla of the Homoeopaths.
Properties and Uses. -- Anemone in solution has been applied externally to scald head, ulcers, syphilitic nodes, paralysis, cataract, and opacity of the cornea, with benefit. A decoction is sometimes used as an emmenagogue for secondary syphilis, whooping-cough, etc. The leaves, fresh and bruised, act as a rubefacient. Care should be taken in its internal administration, as it is acrid and poisonous.
A plant of the same family, Anemone Cylindrica, is used by the Indians for the cure of the rattle-snake bite. They chew some of the tops of the plant, swallowing but little of the saliva, then apply it to the bite; in a few minutes the bite is rendered harmless.
Dose. -- Decoction, a tablespoonful; anemonine, one grain.