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Demospongiae

Demospongiae

HORNY SPONGE

 

Burnt sponge is applied externally in Unani medicine for wounds and swellings, and to improve eyesight. Homeopaths give it in tablet form for swollen thyroid glands, headaches, and coughs.

 

This living sponge looks like a slimy piece of raw liver. Different kinds of horny sponge exist throughout the warm seas of the world, but they have been so over-fished in the Mediterranean that their survival there is threatened. All horny sponges contain an elastic substance known as hornin, which is chemically related to silk and horn.

 

PARTS USED

Burnt whole sponge.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Iodine.

 

ACTIONS

Stops bleeding from external wounds; astringent; anti-inflammatory.

 

MEDICINAL USE

In Unani medicine, it is applied externally to swollen glands and to eyes to improve eyesight, and is also used for washing wounds and cavities. Spongia tosta (roasted sponge) is a homeopathic remedy for swollen thyroid glands, headaches, and coughs.

 

PREPARATIONS

Sponge ash mixed in oil or prepared as a surma (paste), homeopathic remedies.

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