Digitalis purpurea in homeopathy: medicinal properties of the plant, characteristics and advice on cultivation and use.
ThereDigitalis purpureais a biennial or perennial herbaceous plant, it belongs to the Scrophulariaceae family, the same family as the famous flowerLeon's mouth. Therepurpureait is the best known and most studied species of the genusDigitalis, the less popular are the speciesDigitalis lanata, Digitalis luteaisDigitalis ferruginea. Purpurea is known for its medicinal properties.
ThereDigitalis purpurea, popularly calleddigital, is a plant that grows spontaneously in the woods of Central and Southern Europe. It prefers loose soils with slightly acidic pH and rich in organic material.
Flowers and fruits
THE flowers they develop only in the second year of the plant's life and are collected in terminal clusters. The flowers are pendulous and bell-shaped, with a tubular shape. Thefruitof thedigitalit is a small sharp capsule which, when fully ripe, opens to release the seeds.
The leaves of the Digitalis purpureathey form a spiral, are 10–35 cm long and 5–12 cm wide, gray-green in color, curved downwards, with a finely notched edge. In the first year, when the plant is not yet capable of flowering, the leaves form a tight rosette developed only at ground level.
Digitalis purpurea in homeopathy
Today, as in the past, thedigitalis purpureait is a plant widely used for the preparation of severalnatural remedies. With thedigitalis purpurea, However,NOTDIY is absolutely recommended.
The active ingredients contained in theDigitalis purpureathey are found mainly in the leaves (fresh or dried). These are mainly cardio-active substances calledcardenolides(digitoxin, gytoxin, gitaloxigenin and gitaloxin).
Among the active ingredients there is no lack of saponins (digitonoside, gitonoside, tigonoside ...) heterosides (digifolein, diginoside ...) and flavonoids (luteolin). The leaves also contain, among other substances, ascorbic acid, citric acid, caffeic acid and p-coumaric acid.
Those who want to treat themselves with digitalis purpurea will necessarily have to consult an allopathic doctor or a homeopathy professional:digitalit can only be taken in the form of a drug that contains its active ingredients or in the form ofhomeopathic mother tinctureprescribed by a homeopath (homeopathic doctor).
The use of digitalis in phytotherapy and herbal medicine is prohibited.
Thedo-it-yourselfit is even more not recommended because it is hightoxicityand the difficulty of determining the right dosage are insuperable obstacles for those who do not have a laboratory and professional training.
Theredigitalis purpureaistoxic, for this reason do-it-yourself preparations based on leaves and flowers cannot be used (such as infusions, herbal teas, decoctions…).
Digitalis purpurea, property
Inhomeopathyand in the pharmacy, of thedigitalis purpureaproperties are exploitedcardiokinetics. Cardiokinetic activity is dictated by the glycosides contained in the leaves ofDigital.
The glycosides contained in the plant parts of theDigital, on the one hand they increase the contraction force of the heart (cardiotonic properties), on the other they decrease the number of contractions, that is, the heart rate (bradycardic property). In practice, they slow the heartbeat but increase its strength.
In this way, thedigitalit improves cardiac and circulatory system function. The properties of thedigitalthey can be very useful in cases of heart failure, fibrillation or paroxysmal tachycardia. We remind you that dosages and preparations must be prescribed and produced only by trained personnel. Generally, preparations based ondigitalare useful for treating withhomeopathycongenital heart changes.
Among other properties, thedigital has a strong diuretic activity, which is why it is exploited inhomeopathyto enhance renal plasma flow and glomerular filtration, thus facilitating diuresis.
Digitalis is a toxic plant
The remedies based on thedigital, although natural, they are not withoutcontraindications. The cardiac glycosides contained in thedigital, if taken above a certain safety threshold, they have a fatal effect for humans. For this reason it is necessary to respect the therapeutic dose and the preparations prescribed by an allotropic doctor or a homeopathic doctor.
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