“There are no ‘substitutes’ for Digitalis, for its action is characteristic and unique, and in homeopathic form it is as innocent as it is powerful. Other heart-poisons may be discovered, but they cannot take the place of Digitalis.”
Dr. John H. Clarke, Diseases of the Heart Arteries
Latin: Digitalis purpurea; Common: Foxglove, Fingerhut
Affinity: Heart, Liver, Prostate gland
Causation: High living, sexual abuse, excessive alcohol abuse
The homeopathic remedy Digitalis purpurea affects muscles of the heart, the circulation of the liver, lungs and stomach, and the organs of genito-urinary system, mostly the prostate gland. It is very specific remedy with characteristic action.
The Digitalis plant is beautiful but lethal. Given in a many-drop doze from the tincture, Digitalis is highly poisonous. It causes nausea, diarrhea, pains in stomach, headache, abnormally irregular heartbeat and pulse; then tremors, convulsions and death.
The homeopathic remedy also should be used with caution, especially when the heart myocardium is affected. No self-help should be ever undertaken with Digitalis homeopathic remedy; always consult experienced homeopathic physician first.
Indications for Prescription in Heart Disorders
Digitalis homeopathic remedy is a heart stimulant. It is indicated in heart affections, which result in slower work of the cardiac muscles. The pulse is slow or irregular but the least movement of the body produces a violent palpitation of the heart; then the pulse becomes intermittent. People feel exhausted, prostrated, close to fainting; they have a sensation they were about to die.
Occasionally they feel as if their heart would stop beating if they moved a muscle; together with this feeling people are very anxious and feel oppression about the heart.
In such condition is observed cyanosis about the mouth on least exertion, accompanied by cold clammy perspiration. Patient has feeling of suffocation, partially ameliorated by taking a deep breath.
The remedy is prescribed in cases of heart dilatation; in the so called condition of “tired heart,” when its action is irregular and the pulse is slow and feeble; in cardiac dropsy, when lying down feels impossible and patient must sit up; when elder patients develop pneumonia or suffer from chronic bronchitis, Digitalis must be taken into account as possible remedy; in edema of the lungs with rattling respiration and loose cough, and difficulties in breathing, especially when lying down – must sit up in order to breathe; in general weakness with heart failure, with blue discoloration of the face, lips, tongue and eyelids.
Precautions and Contra-Indications for using Digitalis in Heart Disease
Digitalis increases the blood pressure and is therefore potentially dangerous to be used as pure mother tincture dilution in the following conditions: atheroma of the blood vessels, aneurism of the aorta, in apoplexy, in arterial excitement, and in fatty degeneration of the heart, and other myocardial degenerations. Only potentized in homeopathic potencies, and with caution it may be prescribed in the afore-mentioned conditions, of course when the picture of the homeopathic remedy I clearly presented.
Liver and Urinary-Genital Affections
Digitalis affects the liver as a consequence of the weakened heart and circulation. The liver is enlarged, congested and painful; the stools are large and white, clay-colored or grey; and the pulse is weak.
In jaundice, where these symptoms are present, Digitalis will bring cure. There will also be a weak, gone feeling in the stomach; the vomited material is yellow and very bitter; the urine is dark. Very slow and very weak pulse; deadly nausea in the stomach, and vomiting does not ameliorate.
Men suffer from atonic nightly emissions after coition. The prostate gland is enlarged and the genitals are swollen and dropsy. Digitalis might be indicated in inability to perform sexual intercourse, but with great desire.
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