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In ancient times, after having been dipped in water or water and vinegar, it was used as a remedy to heal up (cauterize) wounds. For this purpose it had to be fresh, as the old ones were considered less efficacious. Its use in the therapy of ulcers was well-known especially for its haemostatic power.
In the therapy of various ocular diseases (probably various forms of dry eyes), sponges were recommended toasted and also in this case they produced a good haemostatic effect.
Its use goes back to the times of Dioscoride. Traditionally it was employed in many ways, principally however toasted. One of its main use was to heal up ulcers, especially if infected, and bleeding wounds. The toasted sponge powder was placed on the wound. In mediaeval times it was used to reduce uterine haemorrhage and menorrhoea. It was thought to be one of the best haemostatic substances, also in interior uses or inhaled. It was considered efficacious also in sterility, even if the latter was due to leucorrhoea infections. Badiaga instead did not need to be toasted.
Toasting process was meant to increase the activity of the mineral substance, the same way as the use of bones or roots are employed to increase the mineral properties. Therefore increasing mineral activity in sea sponge which contains itself mineral salts would not be necessary in badiaga.