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Homeopathic Materia Medica



COFFEA CRUDA

(coff)

(Unroastcd Coffee) Stimulates the functional activity of all organs, increasing the nervous and vascular activity. The drinking of coffee by the aged is likely to increase production of uric acid, causing irritation of kidneys; muscle and joint pains, and with the increased susceptibility of old people to the stimulating action of coffee and tea, their use should be curtailed or carefully watched. Great nervous agitation and restlessness. Extreme sensitiveness characterizes this remedy. Neuralgia in various parts; always with great nervous excitability and INTOLERANCE OF PAIN, driving to despair. UNUSUAL ACTIVITY OF MIND AND BODY. Bad effects of sudden emotions, surprises, joy, etc. Nervous palpitation. Coffea is specially suited to tall, lean, stooping persons with dark complexions, temperament choleric and sanguine. Skin hypersensitive.

Mind
Gaiety, easy comprehension, irritability, excited; senses acute. Impressionable, especially to pleasurable impressions. Full of ideas, quick to act. Tossing about in anguish. (ACON.)

Head
Tight pain, worse from noise, smell, narcotics. Seems as if brain were torn to pieces, as IF NAIL WERE DRIVEN IN HEAD. Worse in open air. SENSITIVE HEARING.

Face
Dry heat, with red cheeks. Prosopalgia extending to molar teeth, ears, forehead, and scalp.

Mouth
Toothache; temporarily relieved by holding ice-water in the mouth. (MANGAN. OPPOSITE.) Hasty eating and drinking. Delicate taste.

Stomach
Excessive hunger. Intolerance of tight clothing. After wine and liquor.

Female
Menses too early and long lasting. Dysmenorrhoea, large clots of black blood. HYPERSENSITIVE VULVA AND VAGINA. Voluptuous itching.

Sleep
Wakeful; on a constant move. Sleeps till 3 a. m., after which only dozing. Wakes with a start, sleep disturbed by dreams. SLEEPLESS, ON ACCOUNT MENTAL ACTIVITY; flow of ideas, with nervous excitability. Disturbed by itching of anus.

Respiratory
Short, dry cough of measles in nervous, delicate children.

Heart
Violent irregular palpitation especially after excessive joy or surprise. Rapid high tension pulse and urinary suppression.

Extremities
Crural neuralgia; worse, motion, afternoon and night; better, by pressure.

Modalities
WORSE, excessive emotions (joy), narcotics, strong odors, noise, open air, cold, night. BETTER, warmth, from lying down; holding ice in mouth.

Relationship
Incompatible: CAMPH.; COCCUL. Complementary: ACON. Compare: COFFEA TOSTA. (Roasting develops certain vitamin-like substances (P. T. Mattei). Pigeons which have developed "deficiency" neuritis and paralysis on diet of polished rice lost their disabilities on the addition of 8cc to a 5% infusion of coffee to their food. Unroasted coffee was useless.) CAFFEIN. (A crystalline alkaloid-is a direct heart stimulant and diuretic. Dropsy depending on cardiac insufficiency. Myocardial degeneration. Cardiac insufficiency in pneumonia and other infectious diseases. Raises the blood pressure, increases pulse rate and stimulates the heart muscle; hence, a support in extreme feebleness or threatened failure. Stimulates the respiratory centre, nerve centres and INCREASES DIURESIS. One of the best stimulants of the vaso-motor centres. Acute pulmonary edema. Brachialgia and other neuralgias characterized by NOCTURNAL EXACERBATIONS. Jousset uses equal parts of caffein and sachar. lac. 3 grains taken in divided doses every other day. Hypo-dermically, 1/4 grain. Excruciating facial neuralgia from decayed teeth); ACON.; CHAM.; NUX; CYP.; CAFFEIN and plants containing it, as KOLA, THEA, etc. Strong black coffee, drunk as hot as possible, is indispensable as an antidote in a large number of poisons, especially narcotics. Hot coffee by rectum in cases of extreme collapse. Antidotes: NUX; TABAC.

Dose
Third to two hundredth potency.