Digitalis PurpureaFoxglove, Digitalis, Digital, Digit, Digitalinum
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Below are the strongest indications of Digitalis Purpurea based on traditional homeopathic usage. Indications have not been reviewed by the FDA. If symptoms persist always consult a medical professional.
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.
BETTER, when stomach is empty; in open air.
WORSE, when sitting erect, after meals and music.
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.)Despondency; fearful; ANXIOUS about the futureDullness of senseEvery shock strikes in epigastriumMelancholia, dull lethargic with SLOW pulse.mind; emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anguish;mind; emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; suspicious;mind; insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety;mind; insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; evening;mind; insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; of conscience (as if guilty of a crime);mind; insecure, uncertain, scared; fear;mind; intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion; as after being intoxicated;vertigo, dizziness;Blue tongue and lips.Confusion, fullness and noise in headCracking sounds during a napFace bluishHeaviness of head, with sensation as if it would fall backwardSharp, shooting frontal pain, extending into nose, after drinking cold water or eating ice-creamVertigo, when walking and on rising, in cardiac and hepatic affectionsObjects appear green and yellowChange in acuteness of perception of shades of greenBlueness of eyelidsDark bodies, like flies, before eyesDetachment of retinaDim vision irregular pupils, diplopia.Mydriasis; lid margins red, swollen, agglutinated in morningear; noises in ear; hissing;face; pain; pulling;face; skin; discoloration; bluish;face; skin; discoloration; pale;face; sunken;mouth; discoloration; tongue; blue;Pain in left side apparently in descending colon and under false ribsBurning in stomach extending to oesophagusCopious salivationEnlarged, sore, painful liver.Excessive nausea, not relieved by vomitingFaintness and vomiting from motionNeuralgic pain in stomach, unconnected with taking food.Tenderness of epigastriumabdomen; bladder; fullness;abdomen; bladder; fullness; after urinating;abdomen; bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed); from enlarged prostate;abdomen; bladder; urge to urinate, but producing nothing;abdomen; bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); anxious;abdomen; bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); constant;abdomen; bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); constant; night;abdomen; bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); ineffectual;abdomen; bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); night;abdomen; bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); violent;abdomen; hard; liver;abdomen; pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.; behind lower ribs; right;abdomen; stomach; sinking (see emptiness);After cold water or ice-cream, sharp pain in forehead, extending to noseDiscomfort, even after a small quantity of food, or from mere sight or smellFaintness, Great weakness in stomachSevere abdominal pains, pulsation in abdominal aorta, and epigastric constrictionStomach; Sweet taste with constant ptyalismDiarrhoea during jaundice.White, chalk-like, ashy, pasty stoolstool; light-coloured;stool; white; milk like;Urethritis, phimosis, stranguryAmmoniacal, and turbidBrick-dust sediment.Constriction and burning, as if urethra was too smallContinued 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 nightFull feeling after urinationSuppressedurine; scanty;urine; sediment; sand; red (brick-dust);Male; Nightly emission (Digitalin), with great weakness of genitals after coitusDropsical swelling of genitals ( Sulph.) Enlarged prostate.Female; Labor-like pains in abdomen and back before mensesgenitals; male; prostate gland; enlargement;genitals; male; prostate gland; enlargement; in aged persons;genitals; male; thick emission from penis;genitals; urethra (urinary part of genitals); discharge; gonorrhoea;Gonorrhoea, balanitis (Merc.), with oedema of prepuceHydrocele; scrotum enlarged like a bladderUterine hemorrhage.Hemoptysis with weak heart.Cannot bear to talkDyspnoea, constant desire to breathe deeply, lungs feel compressedBreathing irregular, difficult; deep sighingChronic bronchitis; passive congestion of the lungs, giving bloody sputum due to failing myocardiumCough, with raw, sore feeling in chestDesire to take a deep breathrespiration; irregular;respiration; sighing;CyanosisPericarditis, copious serous exudationIrregular heart especially of mitral diseaseSudden sensation as if heart stood stillCardiac dropsy.Cardiac failure following feverschest; congestion;chest; heart; fluid build up around heart;chest; heart; palpitations;chest; heart; palpitations; anxiety;chest; heart; palpitations; from exertion;chest; heart; palpitations; on movement;chest; heart; palpitations; tumultuous, violent, intense;chest; heart; sensation as if heart had ceased;chest; murmurs;Dilated heart, tired, irregular, with slow and feeble pulseHeart; The least movement causes violent palpitation, and sensation as if it would cease beating, if he moves ( Opposite: Gels.) Frequent stitches in heartHypertrophy with dilatationInequality of pulse; it variesintermits; weakpulse weak; and quickened by least movementvery slow pulseColdness of hands and feetextremities, limbs; coldness;extremities, limbs; coldness; lower limbs; foot;extremities, limbs; coldness; lower limbs; leg;extremities, limbs; numbness (see tingling); fingers;extremities, limbs; paralysis; upper limbs; left;extremities, limbs; weakness; upper limbs;Fingers go to sleep easilyMuscular debilityNocturnal swelling of fingersRheumatic pain in jointsSensation in legs as If a red hot wire suddenly darted through them (Dudgeon).Shining, white swelling of jointsSwelling of the feetStarts from sleep in alarm that he is falling from a heightContinuous sleepiness.chill; internal;fever; one-sided;Sudden flushes of heat, followed by great nervous weakness.Blue distended veins on lids, ears, lips and tongueDropsicalErythema, deep red, worse on back, like measlesItching and jaundiced.skin; coldness;skin; discoloration; bluish;generalities; blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood);generalities; blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood); in infants;generalities; faintness, fainting;generalities; fluid build up; external;generalities; fluid build up; internal;generalities; general physical anxiety;generalities; physical exertion;generalities; pulse; abnormal;generalities; pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid;generalities; pulse; full;generalities; pulse; heavy; and slow;generalities; pulse; intermittent;generalities; pulse; irregular;generalities; pulse; slow;generalities; pulse; small;generalities; pulse; soft;generalities; rising;generalities; swelling; puffy;generalities; weakness (see lethargic, weariness);
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.