Digitalis Herb - Benefits And Healing Power
Botanical Name: Digitalis purpurea
Indian Name: Tilpushpi
Description and Composition
Digitalis, commonly known as Foxglove, is a biennial or perennial herb growing up to about 1.2 metres tall. The lower basal leaves of the plant are long-stalked, hairy and egg-shaped and the upper leaves are almost without stalks, becoming smaller in size as they go upwards. It has white or purple flowers, and egg-shaped fruits.
The active constituents of digitalis are the several glycosides, including three well defined glycosides, namely, digitoxin, gitoxin and gitalin. All the three glycosides possess the property to promote and stimulate cardiovascular activity. Leaves contain little amount of glycosides. Digitoxin is also contained in the leaves. Its seeds contain an amber colored fatty oil with bland taste.
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The tinctures from the Indian leaves are darker and contain more resinous matter than those prepared from the European varieties.
Methods for Uses and Dosages: Digitalis is commonly administered in the form of tablets, powder or digitalis tincture and suppositories available with the Ayurvedic pharmacies. It is also used in making injections. In therapeutic doses, the drug usually produces mild toxic effects. The toxic effects include headache, fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and blurred vision. It is therefore, necessary to regulate the dose in such a manner so as to avoid such effects. The toxic effects mentioned should be watched carefully and the dose regulated accordingly.
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