Digitalis purpurea

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  • Tampa Museum Of Art Analysis

    impregnated with Mars who had no father. One story has it that fairies secrete themselves inside the flowers, and make a snapping sound when children, holding one end of the flower bell, suddenly strike the other end on their hand to hear the clap of fairy thunder, with which the disturbed and indignant fairy makes her escape from her retreat. Besides the fact that this all seems fictional and a bit silly but when some people see this flower this is exactly what comes to mind. It has been a myth and/or truth for centuries now. Foxgloves are also the source of several cardiac glycosides, the very digitalis used as a heart medication. With careful usage with physician guidance, digitalis has saved thousands of lives, but it is at the same time a dangerously toxic plant. It can cause heart palpitations, delerium, hallucinations, vomiting, & possibly death. The use of Digitalis purpurea extract containing cardiac glycosides for the treatment of heart conditions was first described in English language medical literature by William Withering, in 1785, which is considered the beginning of modern therapeutics. It is used to increase cardiac contractility and as an antiarrhythmic agent to control the heart rate, particularly in individuals affected by irregular (and often fast) atrial fibrillation and especially if they have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. This flower is both harmful yet helpful which is why I believe it was placed behind the lupins, due to its duel…

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  • Herbal Medicine Research Paper

    questions: does herbal medicine works? How does it work? What is the optimal dosage? The safety issues are what? Who can use it and who cannot?... As the list grow longer, the confusions also grow greater. Luckily, as we speak, more and more research studies are being conducted or published about the use of herbal medicine as the alternative medicine for conventional medicine. This article will summarize some key points about herbal medicine that will help you understand the current state of…

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  • Native American Herbal Medicine

    examine the healing properties of natural remedies including nutritional and spiritual practices used by the indigenous peoples of North America and how those practices might benefit people in today’s society. According to the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), in recent years, herbal medicines are being recognized for their efficacy and have made a significant contribution to modern Western Medicine. For instance: Since the beginning of human civilization, herbs have been an…

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