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Sticta Pulmonaria - General symptoms

Lung Wort, Sticta Stict.

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HPUS indication of Sticta Pulmonaria: Dry cough

Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Sticta Pulmonaria in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.

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She got very lively, told her father she felt as if she would like to strike out, only for fun.

she would like it just for the fun of it. After awhile she lay down on the lounge, and began, to use a common expression, to kick up her heels.

her mother reproaching, said, "Bella, do behave, that is not lady like;" when the child responded "Ma, I cannot help it.

I feel exactly as if I wanted to fly away,".

12 M., slight headache in the frontal region.

dull, heavy, intermitting.

2 P.M., headache increased, worse in the right supraorbital region.

3 P.M., headache worse.

4 P.M., increased, more acute, seems to extend through the brain, worse in the right side of the head (second day). In ten minutes (7.10 A.M.), pain in right temple, deep, shooting, intermitting.

8 A.M., pain worse, extends through the frontal and right parietal region, seems to extend deep into the brain.

11 A.M., headache increased, worse in the right supraorbital region, pain dull, heavy, and intermitting.

5 P.M., headache almost intolerable, seems to extend through the brain (third day),.

Offers a set of symptoms like coryza, bronchial catarrh and influenza, together with nervous and Rheumatic disturbances. There is a general feeling of dullness and malaise, as when a cold is coming on; dull, heavy pressure in forehead, catarrhal conjunctivitis, etc. Rheumatic stiffness of neck.

Nervous, stiff and rheumatic; develops catarrhs

Painful, dry mucous membranes

Diagonal pains

Must talk

Seems to be floating

Burning eyelids

Pressure or stuffy fulness at root of nose; blows it without relief

Coryza; that dries up again

Hay fever

Tickling high up in pharynx

Incessant, dry, hacking cough; prevents sleep; worse coughing and inspiration; croupy; worse if tired; after measles

Numbness in air-passages


Sore, stiff neck; pains to shoulder

Restless hands and feet

Rheumatism Red spot on affected joint


Cold, moist limbs

Profuse sweat on hands

Sticta pulmonaria. Lung-wort. N. O. Lichenes. Tincture.

There cannot be much doubt whence Sticta received its name of Pulmonaria.

The likeness of the plant to lung tissue is self-evident.

It was a popular remedy of great repute in catarrhs and coughs when Hale introduced it to homeopathy.

S. P. Burdock, C. H. Lutes, and S. Lilienthal proved it and elicited some very remarkable and valuable symptoms.

Hering added many no less valuable clinical symptoms.

Dewey (Trans. Paris Int. H. Cong. 1900, p. 317) conducted another proving on several persons which has further enriched the pathogenesis.

His additions are marked (D) in the Schema. "It was first used," says Hale, "for severe, harassing cough," and such good results accrued that provings were made to ascertain its full value.

It was found to cause severe coryza, with violent sneezing, intense headache, and conjunctivitis.

These attacks were preceded or followed by rheumatic pains and swelling of the small joints." The catarrh of Stic. is for the most part obstructive; and if there is discharge it dries quickly, and forms crusts or scurf.

Constant need to blow the nose, but no discharge comes on account of dryness.

A grand characteristic both of headaches and catarrh is a "dull, heavy pressure (or stuffed feeling) in root of nose." The cough of Stic. is also dry. "Dry night cough" is a keynote cough dry, agg. evening and night; can neither sleep nor lie down; must sit up.

P. C. Majumdar (Indium Metallicum Ind. H. R., v. 109) cured two cases of whooping-cough with Stic. 6x.

The cough began just after sunset, and went on till vomiting occurred, and all the contents of the stomach were thrown off.

Stic. will often cure coughs left by measles, whooping-cough, Influenzinum influenza.

Hard, dry barking coughs following colds.

In cases of phthisis and haemoptysis it is of great service. "Oppression at chest; sensation as if a hard mass on it.

Sudden pain from sternum to spine, constant,agg. on movement," are leading symptoms in such cases, in addition to those of the cough.

Phthisis and rheumatism not infrequently occur in different members of a phthisical family; and rheumatism (as the word implies) is related to catarrh.

Stic. meets all these conditions.

and it has, like Bacil., "a deep-in headache." Elias C. Price (in Southern J. of H.) relates this case Boy, 8, had acute rheumatism with inflammation and redness of one knee, ankle, toes, wrist, and fingers.

valvular heart disease from a previous attack. Aconite Aco. and Sulphur Sul. failed to relieve.

Stic. 1x was given every hour.

Next day there was a considerable quantity of fluid in the knee-joint , but otherwise the boy was better.

Stic. was continued. Next day half the fluid was gone, and the third day it was all gone and the boy was cured in nine days.

Price remarks that he had noticed one symptom so frequently present in the cases he cured with Stic. that he began to regard it as a characteristic although it was not in the provings A spot of inflammation and redness on the affected joint like the hectic flush on the cheeks in phthisis.

In housemaid's-knee Stic. comes as near being a specific as a remedy ever can.

M. D. Youngman (H. M., 1893, p. 360) related a number of cases of catarrhal and pulmonary affections cured with Stic. Ø, the indications being Harsh, racking, incessant, "unprofitable cough of spasmodic type.

He considers it especially Suited to neuralgic, rheumatic, gouty individuals.

Here is one of his cases Mrs.

H., 42, had an attack of bronchitis in January, and when seen, March 29th, had a harsh, racking cough, with pain all through chest on coughing.

spongy state of mucous membrane of pharynx, which bleeds easily.

has had several attacks of asthma.

has hay-fever every August.

paroxysms of cough often end in convulsive sneezing, which she dreads because it is followed by asthmatic symptoms. "She takes cold in her head, which in a day or so goes down in her throat, and thence into her chest." Every cold she gets does this.

Stic. 1x gave relief in five days.

Hale says Stic. is indispensable in February, March, and April in the American climate.

L. O. Rogers (S. J. of H.) prescribed Stic. for a patient with the cough of the remedy at the time she was nursing her seventh child.

She had always been annoyed because of a scantiness of milk; it had been occasionally entirely suppressed.

Whilst taking Stic. the flow became ample, and remained so as long as an occasional dose was being taken.

Rogers subsequently verified this effect in a number of cases.

Another use of Stic. is in sleeplessness, which is due to nervousness, or to cough.

Sticta Pulmonaria is part of its action on the nervous system.

Stic. is one of the remedies which produce the levitation symptom the legs feel as if floating in the air; head as if floating off; as if the body and limbs did not touch the bed.

Hysterical chorea coming on after profuse haemorrhage has been cured by Stic.

Peculiar Sensations are As if she cannot keep her tongue still.

As if stomach full of yeast.

Throat and mouth burn as if scalded.

As if hard mass collected in lungs.

As if floating in air.

The right side is more prominently affected.

The symptoms are agg. By touch. agg.

Motion (also must get up and move about for relief from pain of knee). agg.

Turning eyes. Pressure amel.

Lying down amel. headache; agg. cough. Influenzinum Influenza is amel. in open air.

Many symptoms are agg. as the day advances, lasting all day.

Cough agg. nights (comparatively free from it during day).

Coughing agg. cough (the more he coughs, the more he wants to).

Lungwort Usnea Barbata Lichen. Burdick. Lichens.

Dry, worse evening and night, can neither sleep nor lie down.

dry, noisy. spasmodic stage of whooping-cough.

severe, dry, racking, caused by tickling in right side of trachea, below larynx.

biting frontal headache.

loose morning, less free during day.

pain left side, below scapula.

tickling in larynx and bronchi.

incessant, wearing or racking, in consumptives.


Heavy full feeling, and pain and pressure forehead and root of the nose better by discharge.

Secretions in the nose dry up and form crusts; constant inclination to blow the nose, without result, on account of the excessive dryness.

Dry night cough; can't sleep or lie down; must sit up; cough after measles (Coffea Cruda Coff.).

Sticta Pulmonaria, although never anywhere fully proven, has come to be a very useful one. In acute catarrh it is one of the best.

Its characteristic symptom here is heavy pain and pressure in the forehead and root of the nose. This is in the beginning of a cold; when the nose begins to discharge freely the pain ceases or becomes much less. It is also a great value in the form of nasal catarrh, if when the discharges dry up there is this same pain in forehead and frontal sinuses. In these cases the nasal secretions incline to dry up and are hard to discharge, but the irritation is so great that there is a constant inclination to blow the nose, with little result. These secretions become so hard and dry as to form scabby concretions. This condition is next door to the plugs and clinkers of Kali Bich Kali bichromicum, which often go on to ulceration of the septum. I have relieved many cases of chronic catarrh with Sticta.

You will remember that Kali Bich Kali bichromicum also has a severe frontal headache at the root of the nose, especially from suppressed catarrh, so that all the other symptoms must be considered in choosing between them. The other remedies that resemble Sticta in the acute form of catarrh are Aconite Aconite, Ammonium Carbonicum Ammonium carb., Camphora Camphor, Nux Vomica Nux vomica and Sambucus Nigra Sambucus, and in the chronic form Ammonium carb. and Lycopodium Lycopodium.

There is never with Sticta the watery or fluent form of coryza, such as calls for Euphrasia Officinalis Euphrasia, Merc Viv Mercurius, Arsenicum Album Arsenicum and Kali Iodatum Kali hydroiodicum. Nor have I ever found it of use in the thick, bland kind of discharge that calls for Pulsatilla Pulsatilla, Sepia Sepia and Kali Sulphuricum Kali sulphuricum. Sticta is also one of our cough remedies and one of the best indications for its use, especially in acute cough, is the aforementioned nasal catarrh attending it. The Sticta cough is also worse at night when lying down and keeps the patient awake, though I do not think the wakefulness is entirely owing to the cough, but that a nervous condition which also comes under the curative range of Sticta contributes to it.

Sticta Pulmonaria is one of the best for the obstinacy of cough attending or following measles, and here we remember that sleeplessness is a frequent concomitant. In this respect Sticta is like Coffea Tosta Coffea cruda, which is wonderfully efficacious here. The cough of Sticta is at fist dry, but later on may become loose; hence it is often found of use in the incessant, racking, wearing coughs of consumptives. In hay fever it is the remedy when the trouble centres in the head and frontal sinuses.

I have found Sticta promptly curative in inflammatory rheumatism of the knee joint. It is very sudden in its attacks and unless promptly relieved by Sticta will go on to the exudative stage and become chronic in character. In one case the pain was so severe that the patient, though a strong, resolute man, became delirious with the pain. Sticta relieved and completely cured him, so that he was able to attend to his business (teamster) within a week. Sticta deserves a thorough proving. There is a nervous symptom that has been several times verified, viz. -"legs felt as if floating in the air, or she felt light and airy as if not resting on the bed." See Asarum Europaeum Asarum and Valeriana Valerian. Such sensations are often found in hysterical conditions and are very distressing.


Tincture, to sixth potency.



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