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

      Common Sponge, roasted. HAHNEMANN. Spongiae.


      Mental dulness. Difficult comprehension.

Irresistible desire to sing, with excessive mirth.

Disposition to weep.

Paroxysms of anxiety.

Fear of the future; tired of life.


Aggravation from excitement.


      Vertigo : with danger of falling; at night when awaking, with nausea.

Congestion of blood to head, with throbbing and pressure in forehead.

Inner Head

      Stitches in temples, worse left.

while lying, feels a strong pulsation, worse about the ear on which she is lying.

Dull headache in right side of brain, on coming into warm room, from the open air.

Headache in back part of head.

Headache as if skull would burst, in vertex and forehead.

Outer Head

      Sensation as if hair were standing on end on vertex.

Violent itching on scalp.

Head bent backward; neck stiff.

Yellow, scabby eruption. Favus.


      Double vision; better lying down.

Pressing and stinging in eyes.

Coldness of eyes.

Lachrymation and headache, when looking fixedly at one spot.

Redness of eyes, with lachrymation and burning.

Pressing heaviness of eyelids.

Eyes protruding staring.


      Hardness of hearing.

Congestion of blood to ears; burning.

Suppuration of external ear.


      Bleeding of nose, especially when blowing it.

Nose stuffed up. Whooping-cough.

Fluent coryza; hoarseness; croupy cough; after dry, cold winds.

Nasal mucus viscous, grows thick. Membranous croup.

Nose pinched, cold.


      Pale, with sunken eyes; red with anxious expression.

Heat on one side of face, renewed when thinking of it.

Swelling of cheeks.

Itching and stinging on cheeks.

Cold sweat on face.

Cramp-like pain from left articulation of jaw to cheek; evenings, while eating, or when walking in open air.

Lower Face

      Eruptions on the lips.

Swelling of the submaxillary glands, with tension.


      Feel dull and loose when masticating.

Itching and stinging in the teeth.

Tongue etc.

      Taste : bitter, only in the throat; sweetish in the mouth.

Difficulty of speech.

Tongue brown, dry.

Mouth and tongue full of vesicles, with burning and stinging pains.



Mouth burning, dry. Croup.

Saliva diminished; or, with whooping-cough, increased.


      Burning, and stinging in throat; rawness and scratching.

Penetrating tickling in throat, toward ear.

Sore throat, worse after eating sweet things.

Thyroid gland swollen even with the chin; at night suffocating spells, barking, with stinging in throat and soreness in abdomen.

Throat externally swollen; suffocating attacks.

Relief of throat symptoms, when lying on back.

Desires Aversions

      Insatiable appetite and thirst.

Eating and Drinking

      While eating : Sweet things :, Cold drinks : Warm food or drink :2. Smoking excites cough :.


      Ulcerative feeling in pit of stomach, must lie on back.

Drawing, as if growing together, in pit of stomach, as far as throat, when it seems to press the windpipe so she can hardly breathe.

Cannot tolerate tight clothing about stomach.

Stitches in region of stomach.

Stomach feels flaccid, and as if standing open.


      Pressure in hypochondria.


      Rumbling in abdomen, worse evenings and mornings.

Violent action of abdominal muscles during inspiration.

Viscera drawn up against diaphragm.

Swelling and inflammation of (left) inguinal gland.

Stool etc.

      Costive; stool hard, insufficient, with tenesmus.

Itching, biting and soreness at anus; discharge of ascarides.


      Frequent urging to urinate, with small discharges.

Urine frothy; sediment thick, greyish-white or yellow, Involuntary discharge of urine.

Male Sexual Organs

      Testicles swollen, hard; screwing, squeezing, with stitches up into cord; any motion of bed or clothing brings on a throbbing.

Maltreated orchitis. After checked gonorrhoea.

Heat in male genitals.

Female Sexual Organs

      Menses too soon, too profuse: preceded by colic, backache, soreness in sacrum and craving in stomach, palpitation; during menses, drawing in all limbs; awakes with suffocating spells.


      Hoarseness, cough, coryza.

Hoarse, voice cracked or faint, choking sensation; whistling inspiration.

Voice gives out when singing or talking.

Feeling of a plug in larynx.


Larynx sensitive to touch, and when turning neck.

Talking hurts the larynx.

Inflammation of larynx, trachea and bronchi.

Attacks of mucous rattling in windpipe; strangling at times.

Feeling of stoppage in windpipe.

Starts from sleep suddenly, with contraction of larynx.


      Wheezing, anxious, worse during inhalation, with violent laboring of abdominal muscles; whistling, sawing, between coughs. Whooping-cough. Croup.

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.