Spongia tosta (Spong)

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Roasted Sponge

Generals: A remedy especially marked in the symptoms of the respiratory organs, cough, croup, etc. Heart affections and often indicated for the tubercular diathesis. Children with fair complexion, lax fiber; swollen glands. Exhaustion and heaviness of the body after slight exertion, with orgasm of blood to chest, face. Anxiety and difficult breathing.

Mind: Anxiety and fear. Every excitement increases the cough.

Head: Rush of blood; bursting headache; worse, forehead.

Eyes: Watering; gummy or mucus discharge.

Nose: Fluent coryza, alternating with stoppage. Dryness; chronic, dry, nasal catarrh.

Mouth: Tongue dry and brown; full of vesicles.

Throat: Thyroid gland swollen. Stitches and dryness. Burning and stinging. Sore throat; worse after eating sweet things. Tickling causes cough. Clears throat constantly.

Stomach: Excessive thirst, great hunger. Cannot bear tight clothing around trunk. Hiccough.

Male: Swelling of spermatic cord and testicles, with pain and tenderness. Orchitis. Epididymitis. Heat in parts.

Female: Before menses, pain in sacrum, hunger, palpitation.} During menses, wakes with suffocative spells (Cuprum metallicumCupr; IodiumIod; Lachesis mutaLach).palpitation. During menses], wakes with suffocative spells (R[Cupr]; R[Iod]; R[Lach]). Amenorrhoea, with asthma (PulsatillaPuls).

Respiratory: Great dryness of all air-passages. Hoarseness; larynx dry, burns, constricted.} Cough, dry, barking, croupy; larynx sensitive to touch.Hoarseness; larynx dry, burns, constricted. Cough, dry, barking, croupy]; larynx sensitive to touch. Croup; worse, during inspiration and before midnight. Respiration short, panting, difficult; feeling of a plug in larynx. Cough abates after eating or drinking, especially warm drinks. The dry, chronic sympathetic cough or organic heart disease is relieved by Spongia (Naja tripudiansNaja). Irrepressible cough from a spot deep in chest, as if raw and sore. Chest weak; can scarcely talk. Laryngeal phthisis. Goitre, with suffocative spells. Bronchial catarrh, with wheezing, asthmatic cough, worse cold air, with profuse expectoration and suffocation; worse, lying with head low and in hot room. Oppression and heat of chest, with sudden weakness.

Heart: Rapid and violent palpitation, with dyspnoea; cannot lie down; also feels best resting in horizontal position. Awakened suddenly after midnight with pain and suffocation; is flushed, hot, and frightened to death (Aconitum napellusAcon). Valvular insufficiency. Angina pectoris; faintness, and anxious sweat. Ebullition of blood, veins distended. Surging of heart into chest, as if it would force out upward. Hypertrophy of heart, especially right, with asthmatic symptoms.

Skin: Swelling and induration of glands; also exophthalmic; cervical glands swollen with tensive pain on turning head, painful on pressure; Goitre. Itching; measles.

Sleep: Awakes in a fright, and feels as if suffocating. Generally worse after sleep, or sleeps into and aggravation (Lachesis mutaLach).

Fever: Attacks of heat with anxiety; heat and redness of face and perspiration.


Worse: Worse, ascending, wind, before midnight.

Better: Better, descending, lying with head low.


Compare: Aconitum napellusAcon, Hepar sulphurHep, BromumBrom, Lachesis mutaLach, Mercurius iodatus flavusMerc-i-f (=Merc Prot = Mercurius Proto Iodatus), IodiumIod (Goitre).

Dose: Second trituration, or tincture to third potency.