Benefits of Digitalis

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Digitalis. purpurea /Indian Name: Tilpushpi

Digitalis, commonly known as Foxglove, is a biennial or perennial herb growing up to about 1.2 meters tall. The lower basal leaves of the plant are long-stalked, hairy and egg-shaped and the upper leaves are almost without stalks, becoming smaller in size as they go upwards. It Las white or purple flowers, and egg-shaped fruits.


The active constituents of digitalis are the several glycosides, including three well defined glycosides, namely, digitoxin, gitoxin and gitalin. All the three glycosides possess the property to promote and stimulate cardio-vascular activity. Leaves contain little amount of glycosides. Digitoxin is also contained in the leaves. Its seeds contain amber coloured fatty oil with bland taste. 

Digitalis. purpurea /Indian Name: Tilpushpi

The tinctures from the Indian leaves are darker and contain more resinous matter than those prepared from the European varieties. 

Digitalis. purpurea /Indian Name: Tilpushpi

Heart Disorders

This drug is mainly used in treating heart diseases. In case of congested heart failure, it promotes and stimulates the activity of all muscle tissues. The herb forces more blood into the coronaries thereby improving the nourishment to the heart.

When blood circulation gets impaired and dropsy sets in, digitalis helps in restoration and regulation of the function of the heart.

Kidney Disorders

It helps urination by improving the blood supply to the kidneys and removes obstructions within the kidneys.

Wounds and Bums


Digitalis is used in some ointments for local application on wounds and burns. In cases of burns, it is very effective in preserving severely damaged cells. 

Digitalis. purpurea /Indian Name: Tilpushpi

Digitalis is commonly administered in the form of tablets, powder or digitalis tincture and suppositories available with the Ayurvedic pharmacies. It is also used in making injections. In therapeutic doses, the drug usually produces mild toxic effects. The toxic effects include headache, fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and blurred vision. It is therefore, necessary to regulate the dose in such a manner so as to avoid such effects. The toxic effects mentioned should be watched carefully and the dose regulated accordingly. 

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