Homeopathic remedy Digitalis Purpurea drug symptoms and indications from Condensed Materia Medica by Constantine Hering, published in 1877….

      Foxglove. Hahnemann. Scrophulariaceae.


      Dulness of head as from inebriation, with increased mental activity.

Overworked mind, pulse being weak.

Lascivious fancies day and night.

Tearfulness, low-spirited.

Internal anxiety, like from troubled conscience.

Anxiety, with great fear for the future, worse at P.M.


      Vertigo : when walking or riding; with trembling; with very slow pulse.

Inner Head

      Pressure in forehead when exerting mind or thinking of it.

Bores head in the pillow, pulls the hair; shrill cry; vomits easily; urine scanty; cyanotic.



Objects appear either green, yellow, or as if silvered.

Chronic inflammation of the conjunctiva.

Yellowish redness of the conjunctiva palpebrarum.

Pupils not very active.

Inflammation of the meibomian glands.

Swelling of the lower lid.

Lachrymation, worse in bright light or cold air.

Agglutination of the lids in the morning.

Both eyes turn to the left.


      Sudden crashing noise in the head, on falling asleep; awaking with a frightened start.

Noise before the ears like boiling water.


      Bluish-red; pale; of death-like appearance.

Tongue etc.

      Taste : flat, slimy; sweetish, with constant ptyalism.

Talking : Tongue coated white.

Desires Aversions

      No appetite, tongue clean, stomach empty.

Eating and Drinking

      Eating : Drinking cold things :.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Nausea, as if she would die, Constant nausea and gagging, with clean tongue, covered with white slime.

Inclination to vomit.

Persistent nausea and vomiting; nausea even after the vomiting.

Vomiting in the morning; of food; of bile.


      Burning in stomach, extending up the oesophagus.

Weakness (sinking) at stomach, feels as if he were dying.

Soreness and bloatedness of the pit of stomach.


      Soreness and hardness in region of liver.

Jaundice and easy vomiting; pulse slow.


      Cutting in the abdomen.

Stool etc.

      Frequent desire to evacuate bowels, accompanying urging to urinate; very small, soft stools without relief.

Stools: violent diarrhoea, ash-colored, or very light; delayed, chalky.

Stool in evening, passing great quantities of thread-worms.


      Fruitless effort to urinate.

Constant urging to urinate, with scanty discharge each time.

Feeling of fulness continuing after urination.

Increased desire to urinate after a few drops have passed, causing patient to walk about in distress, although motion increases the desire.

Constriction and burning as if the urethra was too small; enlarged prostate.

Urine : scanty, thick, turbid, blackish.

Brick-dust sediment in the urine.

Throbbing pain in region of neck of bladder, during straining effort to pass water.

Male Sexual Organs

      Nightly emissions with great weakness of the genitals; with sadness and despair (Digitaline); after emission sensation of something running out of urethra.

Balanitis, phimosis, with great burning on urinating; dropsy of the prepuce.

Testicle swollen.


Female Sexual Organs

      Labor-like pains in abdomen and back, before the menses, Leucorrhoea.


      Choking when trying to swallow. Spasm of the glottis.

Hoarseness early in the morning.


      Respiration slow, asthmatic, paroxysm early in the morning, especially in cold weather.

Distressing nausea at the pit of stomach with orthopnoea.

Painful asthma, worse when walking.


      Hollow, deep, spasmodic cough, excited by roughness and scratching in roof of mouth and in the trachea, excited by roughness and scratching in roof of mouth and in the trachea; morning without, evening with scanty, yellow, jelly-like mucus, expectorated with difficulty.

Cough worse about midnight and towards morning; from getting heated; from eating; from drinking cold fluids; talking, or walking in the open air.

Expectoration of sweetish taste; sometimes with a little dark blood.


      Peculiar, seemingly rheumatic pains and catarrhal affections of the lungs, with serous exudation.

Passive congestion of the lungs, depending on a weakened, dilated heart.

Desires to lie on the back, lung constricted; sputum tough or bloody mucus.

Great weakness in the chest, can’t bear to talk.

Emphysema, in complication with heart disease, feels better while lying perfectly quiet in the horizontal position.

Moist rales, yet cough dry; pulse thready. Senile pneumonia.

Heart Pulse

      Violent but not very rapid beating of heart.

Pulse : small, irregular; slow; extremely slow, particularly when at rest; becomes accelerated, full and hard from every motion; intermitting the third, fifth, or seventh beat.

Upper Limbs

      Heaviness or paralytic weakness of left arm.

The fingers “to to sleep” frequently and easily.

Lower Limbs

      Swelling and painfulness of the feet.

Paralytic feeling in the limbs.

Position etc.

      Rest : Motion : Walking : Lying quiet horizontally : Lie on back : Mental exertion : Asleep :.


      Great weakness.


      Lethargy, great sleepiness.

Uneasy, unrefreshing sleep.

Frequently startled and awaking, at night.


      Morning :, Evening : P.M.: Night :, Midnight : Day and night :.

Temperature and Weather

      Getting heated : Open air: Cold : Cold air: Cold weather:.

Chill Fever Sweat

      Chill more internal, with warmth of face, beginning with cold extremities, then spreading over the body.

Chilliness and shivering over the whole back.

Internal chill, with external heat.

Chill, with heat and redness of the face.

Chill and heat in alternation.

Excessive coldness of the hand and feet, with cold sweat, Great sensitiveness to cold. Sudden flushes of heat followed by weakness.

Heat of body, with cold sweat of face.

One hand hot the other cold.

Sweat at night, generally cold and somewhat clammy.

Sweat immediately after the chill.

Sweat : on upper part of body; on the face.


      Right :. Left: Below up :.


      Piercing pains in the joints.

Distended veins on the eyes, ears, lips and tongue.

Flabby, oedematous swelling all over; with fluttering, weak pulse, cold legs.

Contact Injuries etc.

      Riding :.


      Itching of the skin.



Stages and States

      During the climacteric, sudden flushes of heat followed by great debility, irregular pulse; least motion brings on palpitation.


      Antidotes of large doses : sweet milk with Foenum graecum; vegetable acids, vinegar, infusion of galls, ether, Camphor.

Of small doses : Nux vomica, Opium.

Cinchon. increases anxiety of Digit.

Compare : Convallaria, Magnolia grand., Lycop.

C. Hering
Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.