Wednesday, 14 January 2009 03:18
#4. Coffea cruda - coffee
Symptoms of someone needing Coffea are similar to symptoms producedafter one drinks too much coffee: for example, a racing andalert mind, extreme nervousness and oversensitivity tostimuli. In homeopathy, this is called a proving: using asubstance that creates symptoms in a healthy person.
Coffea is the remedy for insomnia from racing thoughts or forwaking at the slightest noise. The mind is usuallyexcited, and thoughts are racing. The remedy is very helpfulfor those who have worked very late, and are unable to sleep from toomany thoughts. It is also indicated for insomnia or other badeffects from joy, surprise or grief.
The nervous system as a whole is affected in Coffea, both within themind state (oversensitivity, insomnia) and nerves (tooth-aches,head-aches).
It is helpful for people with an over-stimulated nervous system, whoreact strongly to noise, touch or any of the senses. It canhelp with nervousness from drinking too much coffee, or from generalailments after the abuse of coffee (in acute situations).
It can be used for tooth-aches, which feel better from cold water, andfor head pain or facial neuralgia that are better from coldapplications. Also useful for extreme head pain or migraines,made worse from any type of noise or music.
As in the accompanying story, compare this remedy with NuxVomica. Coffea usually has a more excited state of mind(racing thoughts, oversensitivity), whereas Nux Vomica tends to be amore sluggish state (exhaustion or chronic ailments fromover-indulgence).
For neuralgias (tooth or head), take 1 globule every hour for up to 4doses, gradually increasing intervals between doses and then take asneeded.
Forinsomnia or racing thoughts, take 1 hour before going tosleep.
Ortake immediately if one wakes and is unable to fall back asleep.
Notes from John:
Coffea is effective to calm a mind that is overflowing with thoughts, Ihave used it during the day on people who were feeling scattered, andbefore bed for those whose minds will not stop racing.
Giles Bellanger, a Producer on the "The BookfairMurders," took Coffea for his ever-thinking restless mindabout a half-hour before going to bed, and said ithelped. He was also the first person who told me that usingit during the day was a good way to stop the mind from flitting about.
Meatloaf couldn’t sleep when we were working together on "A Hole in One." He was acting, writing music and recording, and hecould not seem to get his mind to shut down when he went tobed. I gave him some globules of Coffea with my usualinstructions to take one about a half-hour before bed. Thefirst night, he took several globules thinking that taking more thanone would make the remedy stronger. He got tosleep. I told him that taking several globules all at oncewas no different than taking just one, as it was all about the qualityof the remedy and not the quantity taken. He took only oneglobule the next night and was amazed that it worked just as well -- hegot right to sleep.
Tim Southam, the director of "The Bay of Love and Sorrows," used bothCoffea and Nux Vomica at different times and for differentreasons, to help him both work and sleep better. Heused Coffea if his mind was racing, and Nux Vomica if he just feltovertired and overworked. Nux Vomica is called for whensleeplessness is accompanied by a hung-over feeling the next morning.
Whenever I try to explain the theory used to prescribe Homeopathicremedies, I use Coffea as an example. Coffee jangles the nerves andgets us going at a fast pace. Coffea which is made from aminute dose of coffee calms and settles the individual. Liketreats like. What will cause a symptom in a large dose willcure symptoms that are similar when given in a tiny dose.