by H. C. Allen
Coca suits For persons who are wearing out under the physical and mental strain of a busy life; who suffer from exhausted nerves and brains (compare, Acidum fluoricum ).
Melancholy, from nervous exhaustion; bashful, timid, ill at ease in society.
Sad, irritable; delights in solitude and obscurity.
Longing for alcoholic liquors and tobacco; for the accustomed stimulants.
Want of breath: in those engaged in athletic sports; shortness of breath, in old people; in those who use tobacco and whiskey to excess.
Haemoptysis, with oppression of chest and dyspnoea.
Sleepy, but can find no rest anywhere.
Coca has Violent palpitation: from incarcerated flatus ( Argentum nitricum, Nux ); from overexertion; from heart strain ( Arnica, Borax, Causticum ).
Bad effects: from mountain climbing or ballooning ( Arsenicum ); of stimulants, alcohol, tobacco.
Prevents caries of teeth.
Relations. – Compare: patient desires light and company, Stramonium; desires darkness and solitude, Coca.
Was first used as a tobacco antidote.