Clinical: Angina pectoris. Asthma. Constipation, chronic. Cough. Deafness. Debility. Fever. Heart disease. Haemorrhoids. Mountain-sickness, or Veta. Rheumatism. Scrofula. Scurvy. Voice, weakness of.
Characteristics: CocaCoca has been used for centuries by natives of West South America as an intoxicant; and also as a remedy for "Veta," the condition induced in persons on coming to live in high tablelands: faintness, throbbing heart and head, dysentery, etc. It is like tea and coffee in arresting tissue-change, and enabling those who take it to undergo unusual fatigues. Like China officinalisChin it produces ringing in the ears and deafness and also fever. The alkaloid Cocaine is the well-known local anaesthetic.
A characteristic symptom of Cocaine poisoning is a sensation as if small foreign bodies were under the skin, generally like grains of sand; or else as of a worm under the skin. This is undoubtedly the keynote symptom of Coca. It is known as "Magnan's Symptom," named after the eminent neurologist who first described it. His description is "a sensation as if foreign bodies were under the skin, generally small round substances like grains of sand."
The homoeopathicity of CocaCoca in enuresis is shown by its effect in relaxing the sphincters in one of the cases named above. There are some characteristic headaches of Coca. In general "headaches of high altitudes" may be taken as a strong indication. CocaCoca has also a "tight" headache, as if a rubber band were stretched across the forehead. After the invigorating effects, the sense of lightness and ability to climb a mountain without fatigue, have passed off, or when the intoxication has been carried to a further degree, a sense of heaviness, numbness, and drowsiness succeeds, with a disinclination to move. There is extreme weariness, and especially weakness of the legs. A peculiar symptom is: Sensation as if oesophagus would be rent by force of rising flatus.
CocaCoca suits persons who are wearing out under mental and physical strain; bashful, timid people; old people; short-breathed people; effects of dissipation; weakly, nervous, fat or plethoric people; children with marasmus. Effects of cold; cough from cold air; rheumatism from slightest cold. Symptoms < climbing, walking or sitting; < cold air.
Antidote: Gundlach discovered the best antidote to be Gelsemium sempervirensGels.
1. mind: Melancholy. Hypochondriasis. Mental depression with drowsiness. Bashfulness. Prefers solitude and darkness. Muddled feeling in brain. Loss of energy. Great mental excitement.
2. head: Vertigo and fainting. Tension over forehead as from a rubber band. Headache just over eyebrows; not constant; < raising head or turning eyes up. Shocks in head; dull, full feeling in occiput with vertigo, < lying down, the only possible position is on the face. Occiput painful, tender to touch; pains < on coughing. Headache with chilliness; with dryness in throat; > after eating; > at sunset.
3. eyes: Intolerance of light with dilated pupils. Dark cloud before eyes; eyes deeply reddened until bloody tears gushed out. White, dark, and fiery spots before eyes; flickering or flashing. Indistinct vision soon followed by headache and nausea. Aching pain behind eyes causing feeling as if squinting inwards.
4. ears: Ringing, buzzing, and humming in ears; with fever.
5. nose: Epistaxis passing from r. to l. Sense of smell greatly diminished.
8. mouth: Mouth dry, esp. on waking.
9. throat: Uvula feels swollen; swallowing difficult. Dryness early in morning.
11. stomach: Retards hunger and thirst. Loss of appetite esp. for solid food. Craves spirits and tobacco. Ailments from salt food. Flatus rises with such force, it seems as if oesophagus would be rent by it. Empty feeling or full feeling in stomach. Confirmed dyspepsia, esp. in hypochondriacs.
12. abdomen: Pressure and tension in hypochondria after meals. Flatulence. Violent bellyache, with tympanitic distension.
13. stool and anus: Flatus from bowels, smells like burnt gunpowder. Dysentery. Constipation from inactivity of rectum; stools dry; like walnuts. Piles painful on walking or sitting. Sphincters relaxed.
14. urinary organs: Fine stitches in female urethra before urinating. Frequent desire, with increased flow. Disturbed frequently at night. Nocturnal enuresis. Film on urine. Urine smells like sweat. Yellowish red flocculent deposits; oily scum on surface.
15. male sexual organs: Sensation as if penis were absent. Coldness, "gone" sensation, relaxation of external parts. Emissions. Nervous prostration from sexual excess. Spermatorrhoea and partial impotence. Satyriasis.
16. female sexual organs: Menses flow in gushes awakening her from sound sleep. Nymphomania, during menses; and after parturition.
17. respiratory organs: Weak voice. Phthisis laryngea, when from irritability of pharynx stomach will retain no food. Rapid breathings. Painful shortness of breath; at night. Short breath in athletes, or in those taking alcohol or tobacco in excess. Haemoptysis. On coughing, pain in occiput. Cough from cold air or fast walking. Expectoration of small lumps like boiled starch, immediately after rising in morning.
18. chest: Sudden attack of cramp in chest; became cold and unable to continue the ascent. Intense oppression in chest. Rush of blood to chest with slight headache. Emphysema.
19. heart: Palpitation with flushing. Violent and audible palpitation; angina pectoris; from climbing or over-exertion. Pulse greatly accelerated, intermittent. Pulse extremely slow and intermittent, loses one beat in four.
21. limbs: Feeling of internal cold with numbness of hands and feet. Weakness of extremities.
25. skin: Scarlatina-like rash over body, esp. the neck.
26. sleep: Inclination to sleep, but can find no rest. Great drowsiness.
27. fever: Sense of flushing, esp. up the back (With palpitation). Chilliness and headache in afternoon. At night heat and sleeplessness, with throbbing in arteries. Flushes of heat on the back and burning in abdomen. Extreme weariness accompanies the fever. Night sweats.