Foxglove has been used from early times in heart cases. It increases the activity of all forms of muscle tissue, but more especially that of the heart and it’s small blood vessels. Chemicals from the plant are used in the making of the pharmaceutical drug digoxin, which is used to treat heart disease. Digitalis is a classic example of a drug derived from a plant formerly used by folklorists and herbalists.
Overdose of foxglove can be poisonous to humans and animals.
©2011 J. F. Felice, ND