Useful and therapeutic properties of foxglove Digitalis Grandiflora and purple , or red

August 12, 2017 17:59 | Drug Plants

Digitalis Grandiflora - a perennial herb 0.5-1.25 m tall.Rhizome short, simple.Stem erect, loosely branched, bottom-gras oily, myagkovolosisty.Leaves alternate, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, unequally serrate, lower narrowed into petiole, the upper sessile, almost stebleobem-lyuschie.The flowers are pale yellow with brown veins, the large assembled in one-sided brush.The calyx, stalks and fruits glandular hairs.Fruit - egg-shaped capsule.Seeds numerous, wrinkled.It blooms in June and July.

Digitalis purpurea - a perennial plant.Stems its height from 30 to 120 cm, erect, grooved, uniformly leafy, densely covered with simple and glandular hairs.Leaves velvety, dark-green, hairy, bottom - grayish, felt, on the edge of irregularly crenate, rarely serrate;flowers are shaped like a thimble.Corolla tubular-bell-shaped red or purple.Fruit - capsule;the seeds are oval, very small.It blooms in June and July.

Both species are poisonous!

growing in the wild on the sparse woods, groves, forest edges, among shru

bs, in areas protected from the wind, but with good lighting.Digitalis purpurea cultivated in Ukraine, Moldova, North Caucasus, wild ladyfingers grows there.

Medical raw material in both types of leaves are collected during flowering, in the afternoon.Collected leaves are spread in a thin layer on a cloth, comb, or sieve, dried immediately after harvest and quickly, at a temperature no higher than 80-90 "C, in furnaces or kilns, in attics, under a tin roof, in a draft. Shelf life 2 years.

Both digitalis allowed to apply on an equal basis. The main active principles digitalis Grandiflora are glycosides (gitoksin and digitoxin) and saponins.

The use of digitalis in medical practice is based on the normalizing effect of cardiac glycoside-ing biochemical processes and functions of the neuromuscular unit of the heart,which leads to the restoration of hemodynamics and metabolism.

digitalis glycosides have a very energetic action on the heart (list B) and gradually accumulate in the body that causes the treat digitalis drugs only under the direct supervision of a physician.

digitalis is indicated for chronic heart failure,atrial fibrillation, acute infectious diseases, hyperthyroidism, and others. digitalis drugs is slowly removed from the body and therefore have a cumulative effect.

With prolonged use, an overdose or hypersensitivity digitalis may cause toxic effects, early signs of which are sharp slowdown in heart rate (less than 60 beats per minute), a decrease in urine output in the presence of edema, rhythm disturbance of cardiac activity, the conductivity decrease (prolongation of the intervalPQ on an electrocardiogram).

First aid amounts to the abolition of digitalis preparations and the appointment of potassium salts (potassium chloride or acetate), atropine and camphor, as well as the use of warm baths.

the appointment of digitalis drugs must be strict compliance with bed rest and medical observation.


Infusion: 0.5 g per 200 ml;1 tbsp.spoon 3 times a day in heart failure.

leaf powder: the highest single dose for adults - 0.1 grams daily - 0,5 g (for heart failure).

It should be added that, for the purposes of medical drugs used 5 types of digitalis: digitalis red or purple;Digitalis Grandiflora or questionable;woolly foxglove;rusty foxglove;Digitalis ciliata.The pharmacology of the state is included ladyfingers, Grandiflora, woolly, rusty.