“I feel exactly as if I wanted to fly away.”
S. Lilienthal, Journal of Homeopathic Clinics, Vol. 2, Philadelphia, March 1869, No. 8
Latin: Lobaria (Sticta) pulmonaria
Common: Tree Lungwort
Affinity: Nerves; Mucous membranes of nose, chest and bronchi; Fibrous tissues of joints
Causation: Falls, Hemorrhages
Sticta is unique small remedy. It produces and cures respiratory symptoms and rheumatic symptoms in joints. It is efficient in influenza cases of children, where nose is stuffed and there is catarrhal inflammation of the bronchi.
According to botanical sources, Lobaria (Sticta) pulmonaria is foliose lichen. It grows on the trunks of large trees at the coastal areas of Europe and North America. The shape and structure of the plant had given its’ second name ‘pulmonaria’. The ashes of dried plant contain the chemical elements phosphorus, sulphur, boron, and manganese.
Indeed the homeopathic remedy has action on the upper respiratory tract and bronchi, especially in catarrhal infections. It is also found useful in rheumatism cases, where there is redness, swelling and heat, and shooting pains in the affected joint. Sticta is helpful for affections of the knee joint.
Pattern of Sticta pulmonaria
Patients feel lively, as if they were light; as if they were not touching the bed when lying; as if body and limbs were floating in the air. They have great desire to talk, about anything and everything, without caring whether anyone listens. They suffer from sleeplessness, which makes them restless and hysterical.
Head feels heavy. There is dull pain and dull pressure in the forehead and in the root of nose. The headache is strongest just before catarrhal symptoms appear. The discharges ameliorate the pain.
The catarrh starts from nose and spreads down to the bronchi. Patients feel fullness at the root of nose, accompanied by painful dryness of the nasal membranes. The nose is stuffed, with constant desire for blowing it but discharging is impossible. Later in nostrils are formed scabs and crusts which are very difficult to detach.
The bronchitis is catarrhal, accompanied by inflamed trachea and dry hacking cough which prevents sleeping. The cough is tormenting, continues all night, is worse on inspiration and is loose only in the morning.
Sticta is remedy for cough developed after measles in children, after influenza. There is tingling in the pharynx, and the air passages are numb.
Key note for prescription of Sticta is that the catarrhal respiratory inflammation is preceded by rheumatic affections.
Treatment of Bursitis
What is Bursae
The bursae are flattened sacs throughout the body, placed around parts which move one towards another. Mostly, bursae are found around the joints. They separate the locomotive plains and diminish the rubbing between them, ensuring smooth painless motion of tendons, muscles and joints. This function is executed by little quantity of liquid, named synovial. There are relatively 160 bursae in the human body.
The biggest bursae are placed under the tendons of the large joints of the shoulder, elbow, flank, buttocks, pelvis, knee and heels. Some of those are indeed the most frequently inflaming joints in the body, due to the ceaseless motion they perform – the shoulders, elbow, knees and pelvic (hip) joints.
Acute and Chronic Bursitis
Normally the synovial liquid in bursae sacs is of minimal quantity. An inflammation leads to irritation of tissues which upholster the internal walls of bursae sacs and thus to an increase of the quantity synovial fluid. Hence the pressure also increases and together with the irritated bursae walls it leads to disordered function and pain.
When the inflammation continues long time, calcium crystals precipitate in the bursae. At this point the healing is difficult, sometimes even impeded. This process is most frequently developed in the shoulder and knee, as a result of chronic process. The pains in chronic cases are not constant but from time to time there are sharp attacks of the disease.
The acute inflammation commences fast and the complaints are sharp, and strongly manifested. Acute bursitis can be swiftly and durably cured with the correct homeopathic remedy. Frequently indicated are Aconitum, Belladonna, and
The affected joints of Sticta are more often those of the right shoulder, the knees and the small joints of the fingers. There are severe shooting or drawing pains, redness on spots over the ill joint which is swollen, together with the surrounding muscles.
When given in acute cases of inflamed bursae, Sticta quickly diminishes the swelling and the redness. The inflammation usually has traumatic origin.
For chronic cases of bursitis Rhus toxicodendron, Ruta graveolens, Iodium and Kali remedies may be prescribed.
The tissue salts mentioned in my previous article on the biochemical treatment of joints are also applicable in cases of bursa affections. Schuessler salts are important concomitant therapy and are not to be underestimated, though they require more prolonged taking for perceptible effect.