Foster, Steven
January 2002
Peterson Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants & Herbs;2002, p214
This article provides information on the medicinal plant foxglove (Digitalis purpurea L.). This biennial belongs to figwort family. Dried leaves are a source of heart-tonic digitalis glycosides. The plant is used in modern medicine to increase force of systolic contractions in congestive heart failure; lowers venous pressure in hypertensive heart ailments and elevates blood pressure in weak heart. Therapeutic dose of Digitalis is dangerously close to the lethal dose.


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