Digitalis: Common Foxglove
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History of Digitalis

William Withering began studying the foxglove plant in the mid 1700s. It is native to Asia, Europe, and northwestern A
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William Withering
frica. The leaves of Digitalis were used in North Whales to darken lines on the stone floors, which gave the floors a mosaic look. The flowers and leaves of Digitalis are highly toxic.


Medical Purposes of Digitalis
The dried leaves from the Digitalis is used for medically to stregnthen the contractions heart muscle.
Digitalis is most commonly used in patients with conjestive heart failure caused by hypertension.
It is also used to help with atrial fillibraiton.

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Heart contractions


Parts of the Digitalis plant
Stem: when fully grown, can be 3 to 4 feet high (can be taller)external image Digitalis%20purpurea.jpg
Leaf: elliptical
Root: numerous, long, thick fibers
Flower: bell-shaped and tubular that are 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long
Strawberry pink, white, or purple
Fruit: Insignificant


Digitalis is used in these medicines
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  • Lanoxicaps (digoxin)
  • Lanoxin (digoxin)
  • Lanoxin Elixir Pediatric (digoxin)
  • Lanoxin Injection (digoxin)
  • Lanoxin Injection Pediatric (digoxin)

Websites for information on Digitalis

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/163351/digitalis
http://www.texasheartinstitute.org/HIC/Topics/Meds/digimeds.cfm