Synonym. Spongilla Fluviatilis. Spongia Palustris. Common name. Fresh-water Sponge. Russian name. Badiaga. Habitat. A protozoan, found in ponds and slow-flowing streams. Preparation. Tincture or trituration from the dried sponge. General Analysis Hahnemann considered Badiaga an antipsoric, which might well be expected from the character of its constituents, lime, silica and alumina. It acts upon the blood producing conditions analogous to those resulting from scrofula and also has many points of similarity with its nearest relative, the Spongia Officinalis. Characteristic Symptoms Head Headache from 2 P.M., with slight aching pains in the posterior portions of both eyeballs, and in the temples. During the day more or less headache, with pains in the eyeballs (Cimic., Spigelia); worse in the left; more from 1 P.M. to 7 P.M. Pain in temples and eyeballs; from eyeballs to temples. Excess of dandruff (Cantharis, Mez.), or dry tetter-like appearance of the scalp, with slight itching. Scalp sore to touch, with tetter-like eruption on forehead. Eyes Bluish-purple margin of the eyelids, and blue under the eyes. Scrofulous inflammation of the eyes, with hardening of the Meibomian glands (Graphites, Sulphur). Severe pain in left eyeball and temple. Headache extending into the eyeballs (Cimic., Spigelia). Left eyeball quite sore, even when closing it tightly. Severe intermittent pain in posterior portion of right eyeball. Ears Slight shocks heard in the ear, as if very distant artillery; afternoons. Nose Profuse coryza, mostly from the left nostril; worse in afternoons and evening; with sneezing. Face On forehead; tetter-like eruption. Pale, ashy or lead color of the face. Stiffness in the maxillary joints. Mouth Mouth and breath hot and feverish, with thirst for large quantities of water at a time (Bryonia). Throat Hawked
Badiaga has been used in scrofulous diseases, particularly swollen glands. Scrofulous ophthalmia. Neuralgia of right eyeball. Hay fever with sneezing and watery discharge and other symptoms given above. Whooping cough with characteristic forcible expectoration. Has cured uterine haemorrhage, worse at night, with feeling of enlargement of the head. Indurated syphilitic buboes. Indurated inguinal glands. Haemorrhoids. Has also been a popular remedy for chilblains; for ulcers on feet of horses and hurts of the hoofs of horses. 10.