Hahnemann was one of five who first proved Coffea.’
For our tincture, which is prepared in a peculiar manner, we use the raw seeds of the plant Coffea Arabica (Levantic or Mocha beans), so called because the fist “written accounts of the use of Coffee came from the Arabians, about the fifteenth century.
“It was one hundred years late (1573) that the first European wrote about it” (Appleton’s Cyclop.), so that its use amongst us, now so universal, is of comparatively recent date.
Some of the curative effects of Coffea cr. we will give you; some of the deleterious effects you already know, remembering at the same time that roasting the bean makes it more stimulating; for other bad effects, real or imaginary, consult current Postum advertisements.
The primary effect of coffee it its well-known cerebral and bodily activity, with an increased sense of health and vigor, an increased flow of thought and talkativeness, and great acuteness of all the senses (166), hence in increased susceptibility to pain, with an intolerance of it (148). The secondary effects comprise “a sort of relaxation of all the faculties of the organism; disagreeable sensation of life; dulness of the mental faculties; gloomy, constant yawning, stretching, desire to sleep at any time of the day, light, unrefreshing sleep” (Teste).
Coffea cr. is of value for neuralgic pains of any part of the body, when attended by great nervous excitability and intolerance of the pain (148). It is useful for the nervous results of over-indulgence in stimulants, alcohol (5), etc., and while seldom the first remedy thought of for delirium tremens (54), it is useful when there is restlessness (160), trembling of the hands, and with the mind active with the idea that he is not at home and the preparation of some cock-and-bull story for use when he gets there. There is great mental excitability, resulting from pleasurable emotions, the primary effect of the drug, with recurrent attacks of weeping and hysterical depression, as the secondary effect.
It is of value in severe neuralgic or nervous headache, from any cause, but especially from some emotional excitement (95), with sensation as if the brain were being torn or crushed and the patient is unable to bear the pain; or there is a one-sided headache, with a sensation as if a nail(106) were being driven into one of the parietal bones.
Coffea cr. will frequently startle both physician and patient by the prompt relief that it will give in an unbearable facial neuralgia, relieved only by ice-cold applications, or a neuralgic toothache, that drives one frantic, and better from holding cold water in the mouth (187).
Hering speaks of painless diarrhoea, under Coffea cr., the result of sudden joy.
“Excitement of the made sexual organs is the primary action, relaxation thereof the secondary action of Coffea” (Allen’s Encyclop.), but we make little use of this fact, as other remedies have it more prominently.
Menstruation is usually too profuse, and Coffea cr. is to be thought of in uterine haemorrhage of dark, clotted blood (136), with great itching and sensitiveness of the genitals.
It has been used for unbearable after-pains (153), with much nervous excitement.
We have oppression of the chest, with short inspiration and easy palpitation (111), the result of any pleasurable excitement or surprise.
One of the most frequent uses that I have made of Coffea cr. is for sleeplessness (169), with nervous excitability, extreme sensitiveness to external impressions and a steady flow of ideas; the patient cannot sleep on account of mental activity, and will be wide awake after getting into bed, with inability to stop thinking long enough to go to sleep.
These thoughts are no necessarily disagreeable, but preferably pleasant ones. The man will go over the day’s work and the streak of luck he had in that transaction; or the hostess will dwell upon the various events of her entertainment and how well everything passed off; or the case that Thackery writes about, where the young man after retiring goes over the social evening that he has just spent and rehearses the bright remarks he might have made and the witty answers he could have given, if he had only thought of them at the time instead of now when he wants to go to sleep.
I use Coffea cr. 30th.