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Transcript of Digitalis
Natural History of Plant
• Scientific Name:
-A English physician named William Withering had started to study Digitalis in 1775
-Witherings found out the most effective way to use digitalis in medicine; which was by extracting the powder from the flower right before it blossoms
-The nickname "purpurea" specifically refers to the colour of flowers
-The generic name digitalis comes from Latin for finger (digitus)
-The colour of the plant digitalis is usually purple (but the white–flowered form is also as common)
-a soft, hairy, toothed, and ovate with lance shaped leaves in a basal rosette. The leaves are spirally arranged; they are approximately 10-35 cm long and 5-12 cm wide. The flowers are arranged in an elongated cluster; making each flower tubular and pendent. The flowers are typically purple but for those plants under cultivation may have flowers that are pink, rose, yellow, or white.
-life span is two seasons
-native to Europe
-Extremely valuable drug used for the treatment of heart disease and heart failure.
- The active ingredient in the drug is glycoside
(a powerful cardiac stimulant obtained from the plant Digitalis purpurea)
-Derived from dried leaves of the common foxglove plant, Digitalis purpurea
-comes in many different forms
-as a group they are referred to as cardiac inotropes
Dazy and Parth
Plant use in Canada and Worldwide
Digitalis purpurea is cultivated in Canada and naturalized in many provinces:
As you already know it is used to treat heart disease and heart failure.
Congestive Heart Faliure
Side effects from taking digitalin
-vision problems such as blurring and sensitivity
-loss of appetite
These side effects only occur if the dosage taken is not correct.
Millions of people around the world depend on natural products found in our ecosystems for medicinal purposes. Although though synthetic medicines which originate from natural sources are available; the global need and demand for natural products persists.
Importance of Digitalin