- What other names is Foxglove known by?
- What is Foxglove?
- How does Foxglove work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Foxglove.
Chemicals taken from foxglove are used to make a prescription drug called digoxin. Digitalis lanata is the major source of digoxin in the US.
Foxglove is used for congestive heart failure (CHF) and relieving associated fluid retention (edema); irregular heartbeat, including atrial fibrillation and "flutter;" asthma; epilepsy; tuberculosis; constipation; headache; and spasm. It is also used to cause vomiting and for healing wounds and burns.
Likely Effective for...
- Irregular heart rhythms (atrial fibrillation). Taking foxglove by mouth may improve irregular heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation or flutter.
- Congestive heart failure (CHF). Taking foxglove by mouth may improve CHF and CHF-related swelling.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Causing vomiting.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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