Lungwort - Sticta Pulmonaria

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This Lungwort (Sticta pulmonaria) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Lungwort - Sticta pulmonaria in the Lichenes or Lichen family

Part used: Whole lichen.

Taste/smell: Slightly bitter.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 tablespoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: The individual has a sense of dullness, confusion and malaise, as if the beginning of a cold. There is a dull, heavy pressure in the forehead with catarrh and pain through the chest from the sternum to the spinal column. The cough is worse towards evening and when tired and general symptoms are worse with sudden temperature changes. There may be rheumatic pains with spasms.

Use: (a) Astringent, (b) Expectorant, (c) Antimicrobial.

Lungwort is indicated for respiratory tract infections with pain and stiffness in the chest, neck and shoulders. It is specific for acute and sub-acute inflammatory conditions with bronchial irritation accompanied by a dry hacking cough. It is beneficial for bronchitis, croup, pertussis and chronic asthma.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

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