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Digitalis has been used as a potent heart medicine in Europe since the1700’s. English physician, botanist, geologist, and chemist William Withering first published a book describing the beneficial uses of foxglove in respect to treating a weak heart, irregular heart beat or dropsy. Due to the potentially fatal toxicity of the plant, the pharmaceutical drug, Digoxin was created as a standardized purified cardiac glycoside derived from the leaves. Digoxin is prescribes for the treatment of congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Digitalis evolved from a beautiful flower in an English garden to a prominent world class heart medication. It commonly grows along the edges of forests in Ireland and the coastal Pacific Northwest of the U.S.
Digitalis, foxglove, fairy fingers, fairy thimble
ACTIVE MEDICINAL COMPOUNDS:
Digitoxin, digoxin (cardiac glycosides)
ORIGIN / HABITAT:
Native to parts of Europe and Africa
Biennial; to Zone 4
Leaves and flowers
Digitalis grows to 4 feet in the summer with color varieties ranging from pink to purple or white.
Medicinal, poison, ornamental, fabric dye
All plant parts are extremely poisonous to ingest. It is unsafe for self medication. Physician prescribed dosing is required for all use. The medicinal properties have been standardized to a pharmaceutical drug called Digoxin.
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