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Digitalis Purpurea
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Digitalis Purpurea

Foxglove, Digitalis, Digital, Digit, Digitalinum

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Digitalis Purpurea

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Below are the strongest indications of Digitalis Purpurea in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

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Comes into play in all diseases where the heart is primarily involved, where the pulse is Weak, irregular, intermittent, abnormally slow, and dropsy of external and internal parts. Weakness and dilation of the myocardium. Its greatest indication is in failure of compensation and especially when Auricular fibrillation has set in. Slow pulse in recumbent posture, but irregular and dicrotic on sitting up. Auricular flutter and fibrillation especially when subsequent to rheumatic fever. Heart block, very slow pulse. Other symptoms of organic heart disease, such as great weakness and sinking of strength, faintness, coldness of skin, and irregular respiration; cardiac irritability and ocular troubles after tobacco; jaundice from induration and Hypertrophy of the liver, frequently call for Digitalis Purpurea. Jaundice with heart disease. Faint, as if dying. BLUISH appearance of face. Cardiac muscular failure when asystole is present. Stimulates the heart’s muscles, increases force of systole, increases length. Prostration from slight exertion. Collapse.

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WORSE, when sitting erect, after meals and music.


BETTER, when stomach is empty; in open air.

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Antidotes; Camph.; Serpentaria. Incompatible: China. Compare: Nerium Odorum (resembles in heart effects Digitalis Purpurea, but also has an action like Strychnia on spinal cord. Spasms appear more in upper part of body. Palpitation; weak heart will be strengthened by it. Lock-jaw). Adonia; Crataegus (a true heart tonic); Kalmia; Spigel; Liatris; Compare also: Digitoxinum (Digitalis dissolved in Chloroform; which has yellow vision very marked, and distressing nausea, Aggravated by champagne and aerated waters.) nitri. sir. Dulc. increases action of Digit. Ichthyotoxin. Eel Serum ( Experiments show great analogy between the serum and the venom of Vipera. Indicated whenever the systole of the heart is insufficient, decompensated valvular disease, irregular pulse due to fibrillation of the auricle. Asystole, feeble, frequent, irregular pulse, dyspnoea and scanty urine. Liver enlarged, dyspnoea, albuminuria. No oedema.) Convallaria (heart disease with vertigo and digestive disturbances). Quinidine - Isomeric methoxyl compound. - (Restores normal rhythm in auricular fibrillation, often supplements the action of Digitalis. Two doses of 3 grains each, three hours apart - if no symptoms of cinchonism develop, 4 doses 6 grs. each daily ( C. Harlan Wells.) Paroxysmal tachycardia. Establishes normal heart rhythm at least temporarily, less in valvular lesions.)

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Despondency; fearful; ANXIOUS about the future

Dullness of sense

Every shock strikes in epigastrium

Melancholia, dull lethargic with SLOW pulse.

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anguish

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; suspicious

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion; as after being intoxicated

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; evening

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; of conscience (as if guilty of a crime)

Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear

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Vertigo, dizziness

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Vertigo, when walking and on rising, in cardiac and hepatic affections

Sharp, shooting frontal pain, extending into nose, after drinking cold water or eating ice-cream

Heaviness of head, with sensation as if it would fall backward

Face bluish

Confusion, fullness and noise in head

Cracking sounds during a nap

Blue tongue and lips.

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Blueness of eyelids

Dark bodies, like flies, before eyes

Change in acuteness of perception of shades of green

Objects appear green and yellow

Mydriasis; lid margins red, swollen, agglutinated in morning

Detachment of retina

Dim vision irregular pupils, diplopia.

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Noises in ear; hissing

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Pain; pulling

Skin; discoloration; bluish

Skin; discoloration; pale


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Discoloration; tongue; blue

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Erythema, deep red, worse on back, like measles

Blue distended veins on lids, ears, lips and tongue


Itching and jaundiced.


Discoloration; bluish

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Heart; The least movement causes violent palpitation, and sensation as if it would cease beating, if he moves ( Opposite: Gels.) Frequent stitches in heart

Irregular heart especially of mitral disease

very slow pulse

intermits; weak


Inequality of pulse; it varies

Sudden sensation as if heart stood still

pulse weak; and quickened by least movement

Pericarditis, copious serous exudation

Dilated heart, tired, irregular, with slow and feeble pulse

Hypertrophy with dilatation

Cardiac failure following fevers

Cardiac dropsy.


Heart; sensation as if heart had ceased

Heart; fluid build up around heart

Heart; palpitations

Heart; palpitations; anxiety

Heart; palpitations; from exertion

Heart; palpitations; on movement

Heart; palpitations; tumultuous, violent, intense


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Desire to take a deep breath

Breathing irregular, difficult; deep sighing

Cough, with raw, sore feeling in chest

Dyspnoea, constant desire to breathe deeply, lungs feel compressed

Chronic bronchitis; passive congestion of the lungs, giving bloody sputum due to failing myocardium

Cannot bear to talk

Hemoptysis with weak heart.



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Stomach; Sweet taste with constant ptyalism

Excessive nausea, not relieved by vomiting

Faintness, Great weakness in stomach

Burning in stomach extending to oesophagus

After cold water or ice-cream, sharp pain in forehead, extending to nose

Faintness and vomiting from motion

Discomfort, even after a small quantity of food, or from mere sight or smell

Tenderness of epigastrium

Copious salivation

Neuralgic pain in stomach, unconnected with taking food.

Pain in left side apparently in descending colon and under false ribs

Severe abdominal pains, pulsation in abdominal aorta, and epigastric constriction

Enlarged, sore, painful liver.

Hard; liver

Pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.; behind lower ribs; right

Bladder; fullness

Bladder; fullness; after urinating

Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed); from enlarged prostate

Bladder; urge to urinate, but producing nothing

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); night

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); anxious

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); constant

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); constant; night

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); ineffectual

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); violent

Stomach; sinking (see emptiness)

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White, chalk-like, ashy, pasty stool

Diarrhoea during jaundice.


White; milk like

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Continued urging, in drops, dark, hot, burning, with sharp cutting or Throbbing pain at neck of bladder, As if a straw was being thrust back and forth; worse at night


Ammoniacal, and turbid

Urethritis, phimosis, strangury

Full feeling after urination

Constriction and burning, as if urethra was too small

Brick-dust sediment.


Sediment; sand; red (brick-dust)

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Female; Labor-like pains in abdomen and back before menses

Uterine hemorrhage.

Male; Nightly emission (Digitalin), with great weakness of genitals after coitus

Hydrocele; scrotum enlarged like a bladder

Gonorrhoea, balanitis (Merc.), with oedema of prepuce

Dropsical swelling of genitals ( Sulph.) Enlarged prostate.

Male; thick emission from penis

Male; prostate gland; enlargement

Male; prostate gland; enlargement; in aged persons

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); discharge; gonorrhoea

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Extremities, limbs

Swelling of the feet

Fingers go to sleep easily

Coldness of hands and feet

Rheumatic pain in joints

Shining, white swelling of joints

Muscular debility

Nocturnal swelling of fingers

Sensation in legs as If a red hot wire suddenly darted through them (Dudgeon).


Coldness; lower limbs; leg

Coldness; lower limbs; foot

Numbness (see tingling); fingers

Paralysis; upper limbs; left

Weakness; upper limbs

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Sleep and dreams

Starts from sleep in alarm that he is falling from a height

Continuous sleepiness.

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Fever and chill

Sudden flushes of heat, followed by great nervous weakness.



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General physical anxiety

Blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood)

Blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood); in infants

Physical exertion

Faintness, fainting

Fluid build up; external

Fluid build up; internal

Pulse; abnormal

Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid

Pulse; full

Pulse; intermittent

Pulse; irregular

Pulse; heavy; and slow

Pulse; slow

Pulse; small

Pulse; soft


Swelling; puffy

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)

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