Sponge was a familiar substance since time immemorial, but it only attained reputation for its medicinal properties in the 14th century. It may be noted here that the common sponge (scientific name Spongia tosta) is basically an animal which is not capable of physical mobility by itself. The sole movement noticed in this animal seems to be its capability to propel water through the canals present in its body. Usually, the waters in Mediterranean region close to Greece and Syria are the places from where Spongia Tosta is collected.



In the initial stages, sponge was used to treat goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) caused due to a dearth of iodine content in the body. Nevertheless, it took another 500 years for scientists and researchers to establish the fact that sponge enclosed considerable quantities of bromine and iodine. Hence, it is not difficult to understand why sponge is used to treat conditions, such as goiter as well as thyroid problems.


Common sponge or Spongia Tosta possesses numerous therapeutic properties and, hence, it is recommended for treating a number of conditions associated with the respiratory organs – for instance croup (a throat condition characterized by a hoarse cough and difficulty in breathing), cough and others. This homeopathic remedy is also effective for treating health affections as it is usually prescribed for treating tubercular diathesis. This is especially effective or beneficial for fair-complexioned children with lax fiber and having swollen glands. In addition, Spongia Tosta is useful for curing tiredness and heaviness of the body following a minor physical exertion, anxiety, and troublesome breathing.

Improved symptoms: Generally Spongia people feel better when they are positioned in a descending manner – lying with his or her head in a position lower to the remaining body.

Worsened symptoms: Spongia people feel bad when they are in an ascending position, before midnight and when there is wind.

 As aforesaid, sponge encloses considerable amounts of bromine and iodine and are made use of by the allopathic mode of medication as well as the homeopathic system of treatment to cure conditions, such as goiter, as well as other problems related to the thyroid gland. The symptoms of the conditions that are treated by Spongia Tosta include:
  • The most significant symptoms include breathing problems owing to croup (any condition of the larynx or trachea distinguished by a hoarse cough and difficult breathing), coughs, heart conditions and even asthma.
  • It may be noted that Spongia coughs are generally accompanied by wheezing sounds and obstinate mucous.
  • Patients may also endure laryngitis accompanied by a burning feeling. The coughs are preceded by a wheezing breath.
  • It is also effective in treating the problems of children who are scared of difficulty in breathing when they wake up from sleep.

Spongia people are not generally mornings people. Such patients usually wake up scared and nervous and are habitually depressed and complaining. They are apprehensive of death and believe that they may perhaps succumb to any disease related to the heart. In addition, they are also fearful of suffocation.


  • Please consult your doctor.


  • None are recorded.

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Source: Spongia, http://www.herbs2000.com/homeopathy/spongia.htm




























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