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Digitalis Purpurea

Foxglove, 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.)

    MIND (click for more)

Despondency; fearful; ANXIOUS about the future
Dullness of sense
Every shock strikes in epigastrium
Melancholia, 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 (click for more)

vertigo, dizziness;

    HEAD (click for more)

Blue tongue and lips.
Confusion, fullness and noise in head
Cracking sounds during a nap
Face bluish
Heaviness of head, with sensation as if it would fall backward
Sharp, shooting frontal pain, extending into nose, after drinking cold water or eating ice-cream
Vertigo, when walking and on rising, in cardiac and hepatic affections

    EYE (click for more)

Objects appear green and yellow
Change in acuteness of perception of shades of green
Blueness of eyelids
Dark bodies, like flies, before eyes
Detachment of retina
Dim vision irregular pupils, diplopia.
Mydriasis; lid margins red, swollen, agglutinated in morning

    EAR (click for more)

ear; noises in ear; hissing;

    FACE (click for more)

face; pain; pulling;
face; skin; discoloration; bluish;
face; skin; discoloration; pale;
face; sunken;

    MOUTH (click for more)

mouth; discoloration; tongue; blue;

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Pain in left side apparently in descending colon and under false ribs
Burning in stomach extending to oesophagus
Copious salivation
Enlarged, sore, painful liver.
Excessive nausea, not relieved by vomiting
Faintness and vomiting from motion
Neuralgic pain in stomach, unconnected with taking food.
Tenderness of epigastrium
abdomen; 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 nose
Discomfort, even after a small quantity of food, or from mere sight or smell
Faintness, Great weakness in stomach
Severe abdominal pains, pulsation in abdominal aorta, and epigastric constriction
Stomach; Sweet taste with constant ptyalism

    STOOL (click for more)

Diarrhoea during jaundice.
White, chalk-like, ashy, pasty stool
stool; light-coloured;
stool; white; milk like;

    URINE (click for more)

Urethritis, phimosis, strangury
Ammoniacal, and turbid
Brick-dust sediment.
Constriction and burning, as if urethra was too small
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
Full feeling after urination
urine; scanty;
urine; sediment; sand; red (brick-dust);

    GENITALS (click for more)

Male; Nightly emission (Digitalin), with great weakness of genitals after coitus
Dropsical swelling of genitals ( Sulph.) Enlarged prostate.
Female; Labor-like pains in abdomen and back before menses
genitals; 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 prepuce
Hydrocele; scrotum enlarged like a bladder
Uterine hemorrhage.

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Hemoptysis with weak heart.
Cannot bear to talk
Dyspnoea, constant desire to breathe deeply, lungs feel compressed
Breathing irregular, difficult; deep sighing
Chronic bronchitis; passive congestion of the lungs, giving bloody sputum due to failing myocardium
Cough, with raw, sore feeling in chest
Desire to take a deep breath
respiration; irregular;
respiration; sighing;

    CHEST (click for more)

Pericarditis, copious serous exudation
Irregular heart especially of mitral disease
Sudden sensation as if heart stood still
Cardiac dropsy.
Cardiac failure following fevers
chest; 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 pulse
Heart; The least movement causes violent palpitation, and sensation as if it would cease beating, if he moves ( Opposite: Gels.) Frequent stitches in heart
Hypertrophy with dilatation
Inequality of pulse; it varies
intermits; weak
pulse weak; and quickened by least movement
very slow pulse

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Coldness of hands and feet
extremities, 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 easily
Muscular debility
Nocturnal swelling of fingers
Rheumatic pain in joints
Sensation in legs as If a red hot wire suddenly darted through them (Dudgeon).
Shining, white swelling of joints
Swelling of the feet

    SLEEP (click for more)

Starts from sleep in alarm that he is falling from a height
Continuous sleepiness.

    CHILL (click for more)

chill; internal;

    FEVER (click for more)

fever; one-sided;
Sudden flushes of heat, followed by great nervous weakness.

    SKIN (click for more)

Blue distended veins on lids, ears, lips and tongue
Erythema, deep red, worse on back, like measles
Itching and jaundiced.
skin; coldness;
skin; discoloration; bluish;

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

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.

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