Homeopathic Explanation of Phenols

Various compounds of phenols are common in plant tissues, each of which may enclose a number of grams per every kilogram. Phenol compounds present in plant tissues begin to blend as a result of stimulants on the outer surface like ultraviolet radiation, microbial infections or and chemical changes. Most phenol amalgams are phytochemicals that are basically found in some plant tissues and there are as many as 4000 such compounds.

All plants create numerous organic amalgams that are always not related to the basic metabolism like progress, growth, and development and the functions of these natural compounds in plants have only been noticed recently in a diagnostic perspective. Although these organic amalgam produced by the plants do not help in growth, they are effective in other ways. While some of these protect plants from predators and pathogens, others help in the reproductive process by fascinating pollinating agents or scattering the seeds. Many of them are also useful as they help to produce poisons that protect the plants.

 

Most of the organic products found in plants may be grossly put into three broad categories – alkaloids, phenylpropanoids, and terpenoids. While phenylpropanoids are mostly phenolic amalgams, terpenoids are made up of five carbon elements that are blended through the acetate or mevalonate method or the glyceraldehydes 3-phospate/pyruvate process. Many of the terpenoids produced by the plants are a sort of contaminants that protect the plants from being devoured by herbivores creatures or functionally attractants for pests and animals.

Alkaloids, containing nitrogen amalgams, are mainly blended from amino acids and also protect the plants from herbivorous animals and may also be useful pharmacologically. On the other hand, phenolic amalgams are created by through fusion of shikimic acid products and have different functions in plants. Some of the common phenolic amalgams or compounds include tannins, lignans, and flavonoids that protect plants from herbivores and other destroyers.

 

Basically, all phenols and phenolic amalgams are widely found in nature and can also be blended artificially. They form a separate group of chemical substances that comprise a member of hydroxyl cluster linked to an element of hydrocarbon set. Commonly found in substances like antiseptics, resins, plastics, cosmetics, foods and beverages, health aid as well as medicines, these amalgams have varied industrial uses. Many of them like pentachlorophenol find uses in pesticides as well as preservatives for building items, especially wood and rubber. Incidentally, they are grave contaminants and need to be handled carefully as they may contaminate the groundwater or pollute the atmosphere during industrial use. Hence, there are several regulations restricting the use of these compounds.

A number of vital vegetation ingredients including tannins, phenolic amalgams, flavones, coumarins, anthraquinones and all their glycosides are comprised phenolic molecules.

Simple Phenols:

Phenols particles are created when the hydrogen content in a pungent nucleus is swapped with an element from the hydroxyl cluster and this process may happen several times making the isomers include three probable dihydroxybenzenes as well as three tri-hydroxyl benzenes. While the dihydroxybenzenes are hydroquinone, catechol, and resorcinol, the trihydroxy benzene includes benzonitrile, pyrogallol, and phloroglucinol. Interestingly, the hydroxyl set in phenol molecule imparts features of alcohol and tends to classify phenols as tertiary alcohols; basically, the hydroxyl group in phenol is linked to a dilute carbon nucleus. Thus, phenols are not alcohols but actually classified under weak acids.

Nearly all phenol byproducts of nearly all phenols are created from several circles and hence they are basically polycyclic molecules changing their basic features. When fundamental elements are replaced by one or more hydrogen, it leads to the formation on simple phenols. The material becomes more bioactive or toxic when these fundamental elements belong to alkyl groups like in eugenol or thymol. Basically, phenols are used to eliminate bacteria, as antiseptics and also as poisons to burn up parasites (anthelmintic). When the crust or the internal arrangement of the cells are deliberately damaged phenols have an antimicrobial effect, and like most antibacterial instruments, slow down leucocyte functioning and leads to a crisis in antibiotics like penicillin. Plant tissues containing phenols comprise agents that stimulate leukocyte and recompense, the association of antimicrobial medicines along with substances that weaken the body’s resistance power is always harmful.

Salicylic Acid:

Although not identified specifically, salicylic acid or its properties first came to the light in the 5th century BC when the Greek physician Hippocrates mentioned about a bitter powder removed from willow bark that may perhaps cure pains and diminish fevers. Even the Sumer, Lebanon, and Assyria civilizations made use of this medicine. On the other hand, for years the Native Americans and Cherokee consumed a mixture prepared from the bark to cure fever and other ailments. In fact, the remedial part is found in the inner bark of willow and is generally used in curing pains and other diseases.

The medicinal extract of the bark later came to be known as salicin from Salix alba, which is white willow in Latin. French pharmacist Henri Leroux and Italian chemist Raffaele Piria were the first to extract the medicinal substance and store it in a crystalline form in 1828. Next, they transformed the substance into sugar and another element which after reaction with oxygen turned to salicylic acid (SA).

Ever present in plants, salicylic acid is basically a phytohormone and a phenol that is responsible for numerous functions, including photosynthesis, growth and maturity, transportation, transpiration, ion consumption and also brings about certain changes in the leaf structure and chloroplast formation. At the same time, owing to phenol content, salicylic acid also plays a vital role in plant defense by protecting it from pathogens and also helps in the manufacture of pathogenesis – related proteins that increase the resistance power in pathogens. Salicylic acid is obtained by biosynthesis of amino acid phenylalanine.

Salicylic acid, found widely as ester methyl salicylate in many plant groups is the base for all medicines in the aspirin group. Salicylic acid imparts the active (aglycone) factor to glycosides like salicin from the willow (Salix spp.) and poplar (Populus spp.) groups, gathering from wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), birch (Betula spp.), and Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora) and from cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) and black haw bark (Viburnum prunifolium); populin from the poplar family. In 1839, German researchers also extracted salicylic acid from meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria, earlier categorized as Spiraea ulmaria). Although this extract was helpful in curing a number of ailments, it also had adverse side-effects like bleeding, overdoses diarrhea, gastric irritation and even resulted to death overdoses.

Interestingly, aspirin has derived its name from the previous botanical name of meadowsweet – Spiraea and salicylic acid got the name from the fact that it was first extracted from the bark of willow tree. As salicylic acid is a carboxylated phenol, it is a very sturdy antiseptic.

Contrary to salicylates, esters and salts are less vigorous and hence not as much of infuriating to the stomach lining and in fact, when acetylsalicylic acid was manufactured in bulk it was found to have a little irritating effect. A vital function of the salicylates is to restrain the agents of swelling, irritation, and prostaglandins that might otherwise even result to blood clotting in the body. Pharmacologically speaking, salicylates are very vigorous and when used externally they are feeble anodynes and cause irritation. However, small concentrations of salicylates found in some plants help in the renewal of epithelial tissues.

When used internally, salicylates help to increase the flow of blood in the surrounding area and also increase sweat formation owing to they strong antipyretic nature. These are a result of an express exploit on the thermogenic hub in the hypothalamus. Salicylates enhance the body heat into recompense the temperature loss in persons with pyrexia and also act on the liver cells (hepatocytes) by augmenting the amount and concentration of bile. In fact, salicylates are catabolic in nature and hence enhance sulfur and urinary urea secretion from the body and also augment uric acid concentration.

Salicylates are contra-indicated in gout, as along with the above functions, they also lead to foster uric acid discharge in the kidney and have a mild diuretic consequence. On the other hand, everyone is aware of the analgesic functions of salicylates and this is the primary result on the acuity of aches or might engage action on prostaglandin metabolism, or both.

In acidic conditions, byproducts of salicylates transform into salicylic acid offering useful antiseptic results that in areas of acute pains in arthritic joints and in urinary tubules. Recently, medicos are using the anti-clotting features of salicylates as a prophylactic healing for a thrombotic state. As the issue is still being researched, much cannot be yet said about the usefulness of the plants containing salicylates in this regard. On the other hand, the oil of wintergreen that contains methyl salicylate is applied externally and is very useful as a rubefacient that quickly gets soaked up by the skin. This makes the substance a valuable medicine for curing inflamed joint as it not only diminishes the inflammatory procedure but also effortlessly augments the flow of blood in the area.

Salicylates are known to have serious side-effects like generating numerous bleeding in the stomach particularly if they are used in a concentrated state. Although not so grave always, salicylates led to stomach hemorrhage in almost all people at some time or the other and in such cases, meadowsweet extracts are the best to heal the damage. This is an irony indeed and is generated by the amalgamation of mucilages and tannins, which is normally abandoned during the conservative study of medicinal plant chemistry.

Many skin-care products use salicylic acid as the main constituent for curing acne, psoriasis, corns, calluses, warts and keratosis pilaris, as it can easily marsh the epidermis and check the pores from choking up and making room for new cells. Salicylic acid also forms an ingredient of many shampoos to cure dandruff and in gels to eliminate warts owing to its stimulation of epidermal cells. However, use of intense salicylic acid suspensions many be harmful to dark complexioned people and also for those who do not use sun blocks. These type of people are susceptible to hyperpigmentation and unpretreated skin.

Salicylates have other medicinal qualities too and since long have been used to get respite from fever and remedies for inflammatory diseases. To refresh the skin, salicylic acids may be used by drenched in cotton fillings. Sub-salicylate together with bismuth materializes into Pepto-Bismol, a commonly used medicine for tummy reprieve. Blended together the two ingredients not only form a moderate antibiotic, but also an effective remedy for nausea, diarrhea, gas and heartburn.

Eugenol:

A member of the allylbenzene category of chemical amalgams, eugenol is basically a guaiacol formed by replacing an allyl chain. Normally, eugenol is a light yellow slippery fluid obtained from vital oils like nutmeg, clove oil, bay leaf, and cinnamon. Soluble to some extent in water and other organic fluids, eugenol smells pleasing, peppery and clove-like. Cloves, biologically called Syzygium aromaticum, syn. Eugenia aromaticum or Eugenia caryophyllata, are actually dried scented flower buds from a tree belonging to the Myrtaceae group that is commonly found in Indonesia, Zanzibar, and Madagascar and is popularly exploited as a spice everywhere. Deriving its name from the French word ‘clou’ meaning a ‘nail’, cloves are also cultivated in India and Sri Lanka and they get their fragrance from the chemical substance called eugenol. Present in cloves in as high quantity as 72-90 percent, eugenol possesses distinct antiseptic and anesthetic qualities.

The substance has multiple uses, including in perfumeries, flavorings, edible oils, and medicines. In medicines, eugenol is commonly used as local antiseptics and anesthetics. Although most of the vanillin is produced artificially from phenol or lignan, eugenol is also widely used to produce isoeugenol for further manufacture of vanillin. Blending eugenol and zinc oxide results into zinc oxide eugenol that is used for interim filling and cementing decayed teeth. It also has antibacterial and anesthetic properties and is classified as an intermediary curative substance.

Interestingly, eugenol shows the normal anesthetic and antiseptic qualities of phenols and hence has been used to get relief from toothaches and also used as an antiseptic mouthwash. It also has all other qualities of clove oil and can be used externally as counter-irritant and internally to stimulate saliva discharge to control gastronomic functions. When used inside the intestines, the chemical functions as carminatives and also to avoid irregularities.

Thymol:

Thymols, used as antiseptics, local anesthetics, preservatives as well as cooling agents, are out-sized, pale and semi-transparent hexagonal sparklers or crystals which are perfumed like thyme and have a sharp and scented taste. Thymol is an ingredient used in lip creams, toothpaste, mouthwash as well as liniments and also locally applied as an irritant and anesthetic to skin and mucous membrane. The chemical does not match well with macrobiotic substances, oxidizing agents or strong bases and it is harmful if taken internally. Hence, swallowing, inhaling or allowing thymol to be soaked in the skin is dangerous. Thymol causes irritation when it comes in contact with eyes, skin and the respiratory system.

Obtained from the oil of thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and present in perfumed labiates, especially in horsemint (Monarda punctata), thymol is a useful anti-fungal negotiator. It is normally used at intensities of 1-2 percent (thyme oil contains 20-30 percent). Thymol is also an effective medicine to get relief from oral and intestinal diseases and compared to phenols, it is 20 times stronger as an antiseptic. Thymol is also an efficient anthelmintic. Interestingly, although thymol is much more resilient than phenol, it has less mucosal aggravating qualities than any member of the cluster. Since thymol is rarely taken in by the body fluids, it is mainly used externally.

Hydroquinone:

Hydroquinone is the aglycone of arbutin commonly present in the heather group – Ericaceae and Rosaceae. Interestingly, hydroquinone is full of arbutin and is usually applied as a urinary antiseptic, as arbutin is translated into hydroquinone in the urine. Like other members of the phenol family, hydroquinone has antiseptic properties especially against Klebsiella and Escherichia coli.

A topical skin lightening mediator, hydroquinone reduces the creation of melanin in the skin. Frequently described as a bleaching cream that eases pigment clusters, the effect of hydroquinone can be invalidated by rendering the skin to ultraviolet light. As the exposure of the sun can invalidate the action wrought by hydroquinone, a sunscreen is normally added to it during its manufacture. Hydroquinone is an effective medicine for curing murky skin, age spots, brown spots, and melasma.

Hydroquinone is used to treat darkened skin areas which include melasma, freckles, age spots, and brown spots. Hydroquinone reduces the manufacture of melanosomes (melanin pigment granules) in the skin’s colored cells by slowing down the functioning of tyrosinase, an enzyme required to produce melanin.

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Chronic Pain

A person affected by any kind of chronic pain can feel a lot of discomfort throughout his or her life. It does not matter whether the form of chronic pain is an aching sensation, a tingling feeling, stabbing pains, shooting pains, or burning sensations. Any prolonged and uncontrollable chronic pain can and will affect the individual’s entire life and the kind of lifestyle he or she might enjoy. Psychological issues are another important factor that added to the complication of suffering over prolonged periods of chronic pain. Added o the physical discomfort, is a persistent psychological suffering which can induce long-term anxiety and anger, and lead to a deep depression, all of which can again result in intensifying the pain and prolonging it in the memory of the sufferer.

The human body reports painful sensations when one of the nerve endings in the body senses a source of distress or physical stress from the body and conveys this as a neural signal to the brain. Such impulses usually last for very short periods of time and disappear with the abatement of the stimulus. If the impulses continue long after the stimulus has gone, then the painful sensation can be said to have become chronic-such sensations are persistent over long periods of time and cause a great deal of discomfort to the individual so affected. There are many different causes of chronic pain in people and some of the most prominent among the numerous factors include a poor ability to heal from physical injury (this can be due to genetic or immune system factors), the presence of arthritis, the result of a pinched or irritated and impaired nerve anywhere in the body, and chronic pains can also signal the presence of an underlying disorder such as cancer and other disorders. The actual cause remains an unfortunate mystery, in some cases, particularly for those chronic pain cases that involve the muscles and the bones of an individual.

Supplements and Herbs:

The use of natural pain relievers can be made if carried out under proper supervision from a qualified medical doctor. These analgesic medications may be used singly or in a combination dose, and most of them can be used in the long-term treatment of recurring chronic pain in the body. The use of most of these natural analgesics can be done alongside the use of the conventional prescription painkillers given by the doctor. The use of these natural supplements is generally considered to be safer for the overall health and well-being of the individual, and most are regarded to be safer than the medications prescribed by the doctor-furthermore, the use of these medications may reduce the requirement for prescription medications. There are exceptions to this rule; aspirin cannot be used along with the natural analgesic derived from the herbal white willow bark. The chemical composition of these two compounds is very similar; using a combination dose of these two compounds may increase the risk of aspirin-related side effects in the body. The action of both of these compounds is very similar; they block or actively reduce the levels of the natural pain inducing compounds in the body known as the prostaglandins.

At the same time, the herbal remedy made from the bark of the white willow can be safely combined with the other pain relieving herbs and many of the medications. Inflammation related chronic pain can be alleviated according to some practitioners by the use of the compound known as bromelain, this is an anti-inflammatory plant-based protein which is synthesized from pineapple, another arena in which bromelain can be used in treatment is in alleviating the sports injuries and other complications arising from physical activity. Many other herbs have a potentially helpful property in dealing with chronic pain in the human body, these include common herbs such as the ginger, this garden herb, is similar in action to the white willow bark, and acts by blocking the action of the prostaglandins within the body, herbs such as the commonly found meadowsweet, the feverfew herb, the cat’s claw, the devil’s claw, the pau d’arco, and the common turmeric can also be used as potential pain relievers in an individual suffering from chronic pain.

chronic-pain-clinicThe use of many kinds of topical herbal preparations can also be very beneficial in the treatment of chronic pain. The use of the cream made from the cayenne pepper is particularly effective in the treatment of arthritic joints, in the treatment of individual recovering from the pain left behind after an attack of the shingles, in treating nerve damage induced by type 2 diabetes or arising as a result of surgery including major procedures such as a mastectomy or an amputation. The use of this cream which causes an intense burning sensation may be much less effective on large areas of the body it is best suited to the treatment of small localized pains in different corners of the body. The cayenne cream can be alternatively substituted by a mixed herbal treatment. The herbal essences can be combined for an effective topical remedy, mixing a few drops of ginger juice or tincture, some drops of lavender oil, and some birch oils with about half an ounce of a neutral oil – almond oil is a good example. The affected area of the body can be massaged using this herbal blend; the herbal essences must be applied directly to the painful areas of the body. The nerve endings that transmit pain signals can be directly quieted down using other topical options such as peppermint oil, the oil of the wintergreen, or some eucalyptus oil-this topical treatment can directly treat the chronic pain in the affected individual.

The use of these herbal supplements and topical remedies will generally bring some relief from the pain within three to four hours after use. If anxiety or depression accompanies the pain, then the first treatment must include the St. John’s wort herb, followed by the kava herb. While it is not proven, these herbs may pose some direct pain-relieving abilities besides quieting down the nervous tension. The use of the valerian herb must be considered if the painful sensations start interfering with the ability of the individual to get a good night’s sleep this herb will induce sleepiness and ensure that the person is relaxed at night.

chronic-pain-2Additional Things You May Do:

The use of alternative techniques such as acupuncture must be contemplated if the pain persists following the use of other treatment medications. Some alternative treatments and mind-body techniques like biofeedback, induced hypnosis, and relaxation training along with behavioral counseling can all potentially help the individual in handling the painful sensations in the body. Your doctor can give you suggestions on good pain clinics, these places offer a wide range of treatments and techniques to beat back chronic pain.

Recommended Dosage:

  • Ginger, 100 mg three times daily. Essential oil of ginger can be used as a part of massage blend.
  • Cayenne cream, apply cayenne cream thinly to painful areas several times daily. Should contain 0.025%-0.075% capsaicin.
  • St. John’s wort, 300 mg three times daily.
  • Peppermint oil, add a few drops of peppermint oil to 15 g of neutral oil. Apply to painful areas up to four times a day.
  • Kava, 250 mg three times daily.
  • White willow bark, one or two pills thrice daily when needed for pain. Attention: white willow bark may irritate the stomach.
  • Valerian, 400 mg daily. Do not use valerian if you are a pregnant or nursing mother.
  • Bromelain, 500 mg thrice daily on an empty stomach. If ineffective, eliminate bromelain after 14 days.

For Children:

Children affected by chronic pain can be helped by making them drink an herbal brew of pain relieving teas. Herbal teas for the treatment of chronic pain in children can be prepared by simmering a tablespoon of the bark of white willow in one quart of water and allowing the bark to steep in the water for 15 minutes. After this, the tea can be fortified by mixing a tablespoon of the root extract of the valerian herb, along with a tablespoon of the skullcap herb, and a single tablespoon of the herbal extracts of the chamomile, at last half a tablespoon of the licorice root can be added to the tea. Let the mixed herbs simmer in the water for another ten minutes, allow the solution to cool and then strain it. The dosage of this herbal teas for the affected child can be a single dose of the herbal tea, given once every hour, this can be repeated for four consecutive hours, and will greatly aid in relieving the generalized painful sensations felt by the child all over the body. Similar in action to the medication aspirin, the white willow bark has a strong anti-inflammatory action and is also an analgesic. The sedative and anti-spasmodic properties of the valerian and skullcap herbs add an extra punch to the herbal tea. The effective relaxing properties of the chamomile calm the child. The anti-inflammatory action of licorice is another useful property and this herb also boosts the action of the other herbs in the tea. Licorice is also the main agent that adds sweetness to the herbal tea which would otherwise taste quite bitter.

For you, attention: the herbal extracts of the skullcap must not be given to a child who is under six years of age even if she or he suffers from extreme body aches-alternatives must be found in such a case. At the same time, the licorice must also not be given to a child suffering from a high blood pressure as it can cause side effects in the body of such a child.

Other Beneficial Herbs

  • American Aspen
  • Andiroba
  • Chia
  • Espinheira Santa
  • Gold Coin Grass
  • Iporuru
  • Kombucha Tea
  • Pellitory Of The Wall
  • Red Alder
  • Tamanu Nut Oil

Homeopathy Digitalis

Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea

Foxglove is an herb-like plant that grows biennially. Foxgloves produce spirally arranged leaves that are simple and grow up to 10 cm to 35 cm in length and 5 cm to 12 cm in width. The leaves are grey-green in color, soft and have a finely jagged margin. During the first year of the plant’s growth, the leaves are in the form of a tight rose-shaped arrangement (rosette) at the level of the ground.

The foxglove plant bears a flowering stalk in the second year of its existence. Usually, the flowering stalk of the plant grows up to a height of 1 meter to 2 meters and at times even taller. The color of flowers of this species is varied – usually purple, but they may be a rose, pink, yellow or even white hued in selected cultivable varieties. These flowers are organized in a very ostentatious, terminal, lengthened cluster with each being cylindrical and dangling like a pendant or pendulum. Apart from appearing at the stalk terminal, the flowers may occur at the inside bottom of the tubular flowering stem. The plant blooms during the early part of summer and often when there are additional growths of flowering stems, the plant may also flower later than their flowering season. The plant bears fruits that are akin to capsules and when they are ripe, they rupture to discharge copious tiny seeds, each measuring around 0.1 mm to 0.2 mm.

 

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The leaves, flowers, as well as seeds of this herb, are poisonous to humans as well as certain animals as they enclose a toxic cardiac glycoside called digitoxin. Consuming either of them may even prove to be fatal. However, 18th century English botanist William Withering was the first to extract cardiac glycoside digitoxin from the leaves and presently it forms the basis of the medication that is used to treat heart problems. Withering was also the first to identify that this organic chemical compound was helpful in reducing dropsy (a health condition distinguished by a buildup of watery fluid in the tissues), enhancing the flow of urine as well as having a potent influence on the heart. Very dissimilar to the distilled form used by pharmaceutical firms, the extracts obtained from the foxglove plant usually did not result in frequent intoxication as they promoted vomiting and nausea within a few minutes of ingesting them. In fact, such vomiting and nausea prevent patients from consuming more of this toxic substance contained in the extracts.

 

The homeopathic remedy digitalis is primarily used to treat heart ailments. Precisely speaking, homeopathic physicians prescribe this medication for patients who are susceptible to heart ailment and problems of the circulatory system. This homeopathic remedy is believed to be especially suitable if the symptoms endured by the patients are accompanied by apprehensions regarding their death. They may also suffer from the trepidation that any movement, particularly walking, may result in their heart to stop beating. In addition, such patients may also suffer from visual problems and have a craving for bitter things. People who respond best to the homeopathic remedy digitalis are patients who suffer from heart ailments that are accompanied by vertigo, pains in the region of the heart, a sluggish pulse rate and nausea. In addition to the conditions and symptoms mentioned here, digitalis is also prescribed for patients enduring liver ailments, especially when they take place concurrently with the symptoms related to heart disorders.

As fore-mentioned, William Withering, the 18th-century English botanist, and a physician was the first to prove that the flowers of the foxglove plant were a significant medication for treating heart disorders. Even to this day, the active elements of the plant’s flowers are made use of in preparing herbal as well as other traditional heart medications.

Despite being an attractive plant, the foxglove is a lethal poison. Hence, consuming the leaves, flowers or seeds of this plant may lead to gastrointestinal problems and most remarkably, result in heart and circulation problems. When any part of this toxic plant is ingested, it may slow the heart beat. This is a primary reason that allopathic medicines containing extracts of digitalis are only given to patients when their heart palpitates or beats exceptionally fast. However, in homeopathy, digitalis is given to a patient when his/ her heart is failing to carry on its normal pace, especially when the patient experiences problems in breathing normally.

 

When the tissues of a patient do not receive enough oxygen owing to poor blood circulation it results in their appearance turning blue, a condition known as cyanosis. In such cases, administration of the homeopathic medication digitalis may produce incredible results. In addition, patients who are always apprehensive and nervous regarding their health condition and suffer from the fear of imminent death also require digitalis most. In fact, the extracts from the plant foxglove are used to prepare potent and effectual medications in homeopathy to treat heart conditions discussed above. Dissimilar to several contemporary medications, the homeopathic remedy digitalis obtained from the leaves of the foxglove plant has been widely used for treating heart and circulatory problems for more than two centuries.

 

Scientific papers published during the later part of the 19th century noted that the homeopathic remedy digitalis possessed the potential to inhibit the pace of the heart as well as increase the heart rate according to the requirement of the patient. The scientists also experimented with digitalis as a diuretic and found that it facilitated in diminishing fluid retention among patients suffering from dropsy or edema. In another experiment, physicians administered digitalis to patients suffering from fevers and found that this homeopathic medication was effective in bringing down the body temperature. It may be mentioned here that fevers are often responsible for very rapid pulse rate.

While scientists have been working on foxglove for quite some time now to identify its therapeutic uses, presently they have a better understanding of this herb. Homeopathic physicians now prescribe digitalis to patients who are susceptible to heart failure and people who have a tendency to arrhythmia’s (any irregularity in the heart beat). In addition, this homeopathic remedy may also be prescribed for children with heart problems to help them to tide over a period till they are old enough to undergo heart surgery.

However, it may be noted that digitalis only possesses mild diuretic properties that are effective to a certain extent. Therefore, when any patient requires a medication only to regulate fluid retention by the body, physicians usually prefer other less toxic medications. The homeopathic remedy digitalis helps to promote the functioning of the heart better probably by getting rid of the excessive fluid retained by the body. Nevertheless, it may be said for certain that digitalis is not the best medication available for treating dropsy or fluid retention by the body and may be used only when any other more effective diuretic is not available to the patient.

The homeopathic remedy digitalis is known to interact with certain medications. Therefore, before you start taking digitalis, it is essential to tell your physician regarding all the other medications, minerals, vitamins or supplements you may be taking for other conditions. Digitalis may interact with certain medications for the heart, for instance, cholesterol lowering medications, anti-arrhythmia drugs and also nitro-glycerin. Even a number of antibiotics are known to interact with digitalis; it is also advisable not to take any anti-fungal medications concurrently with this homeopathic remedy. In addition, when decongestants, antacids, diarrhea medications and antihistamines are taken concurrently with digitalis, it may result in adverse after-effects. If any patient taking the homeopathic remedy digitalis has a cold or a cough, it is advisable that he/ she should consult their physician regarding the most appropriate and safe cold medications that they should take.

 

Like in the case with any other medication, using the homeopathic remedy digitalis may also result in a number of side effects, including some serious ones. The most common side effects of digitalis may include acute diarrhea, nausea, skin rash and/ or severe visual sensitivity to light. Any patient experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms after taking digitalis should seek emergency medical help as they require the immediate attention of a doctor.

However, there are numerous patients who find digitalis well tolerable and for them, it is one of the most suitable homeopathic medications for treating heart conditions. Along with antibiotics, the homeopathic remedy digitalis is considered to be among the most significant medications that have been developed thus far. This is all the truer since digitalis has helped in increasing the life expectancy of people who need to and ought to use this homeopathic remedy.

Homeopathic Remedy Use

Freshly obtained leaves of the foxglove plants are used to prepare the homeopathic remedy digitalis. The leaves are collected just before the plants begin to blossom in their second year of existence. Subsequently, the leaves are cleaned and expressed to obtain their juice. The juice is then blended with alcohol and diluted to the desired level to obtain the homeopathic remedy digitalis. As with preparing any other homeopathic remedy, even digitalis does not retain the slightest trace of the toxic leaves of foxglove.

Therapeutic Properties

The herb foxglove is known to possess a number of therapeutic properties and is specially used to treat conditions related to the heart and circulatory system. In ancient times, Britons used this herb to cure wounds. While in conventional medicine foxglove is a remedy for heart failure and irregular heartbeat, in homeopathy, digitalis, prepared from the toxic leaves of the foxglove plant, is an important medication to treat heart disorders.

In homeopathy, digitalis is widely used to cure an extremely sluggish pulse or an unbalanced, sporadic pulse that is related to certain conditions and symptoms, such as heart failure, queasiness even at the sight or smell of food, and debility accompanied by a slight, tumbling sensation in the stomach. Heart patients who might be requiring this homeopathic remedy most may also suffer from liver problems, for instance, hepatitis.

Foxglove is the source for the pharmaceutical drug Digoxin that has been widely used in the past to treat cases of congestive heart failure. In homeopathy, digitalis, prepared from the toxic leaves of foxglove, is a very important medication that helps to cure a very sluggish, irregular and sporadic pulse, usually below 60 beats per minute.

Interestingly enough, this homeopathic remedy may also be prescribed for patients who might be suffering from very fast and uneven pulse too. Patients having an irregular and rapid pulse often has a sensation as if the heart would stop beating any moment. The condition of patients enduring angina (any attack of painful spasms marked by sensations of suffocating) actually deteriorates when they exert themselves physically are very excited and/ or from having sexual intercourse. In such cases, the pain spreads to the left arm resulting in the debility of the arm. Turning to the homeopathic remedy digitalis in such cases helps to cure the condition as well as provide relief from the associated symptoms.

Patients for whom the homeopathic medication digitalis is most suitable always suffer from a strong fear of death. They are apprehensive that making any movement or even walking may result in their untimely death. They also suffer from nervousness, grief and insomnia owing to the intense pain they endure in the heart. In addition, physical as well as emotional exertions, for instance being disappointed in love and misery may result in palpitations – exceptionally rapid and irregular heart beat. Generally, such patients become all the more sad and melancholic when they listen to music.

The homeopathic remedy digitalis has a vital role to play in curing all ailments that are somehow related to the heart, wherein the pulse is feeble, irregular, sporadic, and exceptionally low as well as when the health conditions are accompanied by dropsy (fluid build up) in the external as well as internal parts of the body. This medication is also effective in curing debility and dilation or expansion of the heart muscles (myocardium). Digitalis is indicated primarily in the case of a collapse of compensation and particularly when auricular fibrillation (very fast awkward contractions of the atria of the heart resulting in a deficiency of harmonization between heartbeat and pulse beat) become entrenched. Such patients experience a sluggish pulse beat when they are lying down, but their pulse beat become erratic and dicrotic (double that of the heart beat) when they are in a sitting posture. In case the patients have recovered from a rheumatic fever, they may also experience auricular flutter (an irregularity of the heartbeat wherein the contractions of the atrium surpass in number those of the ventricle) and auricular fibrillation. Such patients may also have an extremely sluggish pulse and endure heart block.

In homeopathy, digitalis is also a great remedy for organic heart ailments, for instance, extreme debility and a sensation of diminishing strength, vertigo or wooziness, a cold sensation on the skin and erratic respiration. This medication is also beneficial for people who suffer from cardiac tetchiness and visual problems following tobacco use; jaundice caused by induration (hardening of tissues) and hypertrophy (abnormal enlargement) of the liver. People who endure heart diseases accompanied by jaundice would also find digitalis an effective remedy. Patients who require this homeopathic medicine most are those who become unconscious frequently and suffer from a feeling as if they are on the verge of death. Owing to the imbalance in blood circulation to all parts of the body, their appearance often turns bluish. Such patients are inclined to exhaustion even due to trivial physical exertion and may often collapse. Taking the homeopathic medicine digitalis helps to invigorate the muscles of the heart.

Source

The plant foxglove, which forms the basis for the homeopathic remedy digitalis, is a flowering herb belonging to the family Plantaginaceae. Earlier, foxglove was classified in the family Scrophulariaceae but later included in the larger family Plantaginaceae. This plant species is indigenous to Europe and found growing naturally in most regions of the continent.