Digitalis lanata Ehrh

214 Digitalis purpurea Linn.

Habitat ► Native to Europe. Now cultivated mainly in Kashmir (Yarikhah), also occurs wild.

English ► Grecian Foxglove.

Ayurvedic ► Hritpatri, Tilapushpi (non-classical). (Yellow var.)

Earlier, the herb was used to treat ulcers, boils, abscesses, headaches and paralysis. William Withering, an 18th century English country doctor, explored the plant's hidden properties. His work led to the production of digoxin, a life-saving medicine.

Safety of the herb cannot be established due to variable amounts of cardiac glycosides. The powder is toxic at 520 mg.

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