[Sca-cooks] dandelions

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Tue Mar 11 21:32:31 PDT 2008

It is my understanding, while foxglove has been used medicinally for 
centuries, the knowledge that it can be used to treat cardiac conditions is 
relatively modern.  Dr. William Withering studied an old Shropshire remedy 
for dropsy and determined that the effective ingredient was foxglove. 
Dropsy is an obsolete term for edema, swelling due to the body's retention 
of fluids.  The diuretic properties of foxglove were useful in treating both 
cardiac and renal edema.  Withering published his treatise on the subject, 
"An Account of the Foxglove and Some of its Medical Uses; with Practical 
Remarks on Dropsy and Other Diseases," in 1785.

Foxglove as a treatment for heart disease was identified and researched by 
Dr. John Ferriar in 1799.

Since edema is fairly common in people with heart problems, foxglove was 
very likely used as part of the treatment for dropsy with the side benefit 
of ingesting a cardiac glycoside.


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Digitalis comes fron foxglove.  It was actually used
as a tea in Medieval times for people who had heart
problems.  At least that's what I've read in my herb


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