The homeopathic remedy Coffea cruda comes from the homonymous plant, which in Latin takes the name of Coffea arabica. There are two remedies prepared from the coffee plant, namely: Raw Coffea and Roasted Coffea.
While the first is prepared from the natural plant, the second is obtained from the roasted plant, that is, subjected to a particular type of cooking. Of the two remedies, Coffea raw is undoubtedly more used than Coffea tosta.
The Coffea arabica plant
The Latin name of this plant, as already mentioned above, is Coffea arabica (coffee plant). It is a plant native to the mountains of Ethiopia that has oval, shiny leaves, dark green and with wavy margins, carried by slender and light stems and branches.
In summer it produces axillary bunches of starry white flowers with an intense aroma, followed by scarlet berries containing two coffee beans. In the places of origin it reaches 4-6 m, while in pots it hardly exceeds one meter. The coffee plant belongs to the Rubiaceae family, like two other important homeopathic remedies: China rubra and Ipecacuana. In addition to Ethiopia, the plant is cultivated in many countries of the sub-tropical regions: Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam.
Coffea arabica is used as a stimulant for the presence of an alkaloid or the famous caffeine. The amount of caffeine contained in the seeds of Coffea arabica is lower than in other species of the genus Coffea commonly cultivated (in particular Coffea canephora) and is normally contained in 12 per thousand on the dry part, with oscillations more or less depending on the varieties.
Legend about the birth of coffee
The name coffee probably derives from the region of Ethiopia from where coffee (Caffa) began to be used or from the name that this substance had in the Arabic language.
According to legend, it was an Ethiopian shepherd who discovered the effect of the plant: in fact, some of his sheep after eating the coffee berries did not fall asleep and remained lively all night. The shepherd, intrigued by what happened, roasted some berries and made an infusion of them… so he invented coffee!
In the second half of the sixteenth century coffee crossed the eastern borders to land in Europe: it was during the era of the great sailing ships that sailed the Mediterranean, that coffee was introduced to our continent.
The substance that determines the effects of coffee is caffeine which in chemistry is a methylated xanthine. It causes excitatory symptoms: it increases heart rate and blood pressure, excites the respiratory center, increases pulmonary ventilation, decreases the sense of tiredness and drowsiness, increases the ability to respond to sensory stimuli, increases the secretion of gastric juice. At high doses it can cause agitation, insomnia, euphoria, sensory hypersensitivity, headaches with ringing in the ears and dizziness, it is no coincidence that many of the common allopathic drugs for “headache” contain caffeine.
Raw Coffee: homeopathic remedy
The homeopathic preparation of Raw Coffee uses the Mother Tincture obtained with the unroasted seeds.
For its properties in Homeopathy is a remedy indicated to solve different problems such as:
- hypersensitivity to pain
- insomnia from stress and ideation
- menopausal disorders
- hyperexcitation and sensory hyperesthesia
- migraine and headache
- nerve pains
However, an overdose can cause nervousness, accompanied by tachycardia, continuous desire to urinate and sleep disturbances, as well as increased sensitivity to contact.
Coffea has a calming action on the central nervous system and is able to attenuate excessive reactions. The remedy has a positive effect in particular on the nerve regulation center of blood vessels, as well as on the heart and kidneys. In this way the hypersensitivity is mitigated and the nerves return to their normal activity.
Raw coffee against insomnia
Insomnia is a condition that negatively affects the performance of normal daily activities, this is because the sufferer has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. The symptoms most often reported by insomnia sufferers are: memory problems, morning exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, anxiety and depression.
The causes of insomnia can be of various types:
- psychological problems and emotional factors
- anxiety and depression
- many diseases can accompany insomnia such as diabetes, allergies, gastrointestinal problems and psychiatric disorders
- a significant number of over-the-counter medicines and commonly prescribed medicines contain substances capable of modifying sleep
Homeopathy offers a comprehensive and profound approach to insomnia, and the choice of the most suitable remedy depends on the specific characteristics of the insomnia of the subject in question.
Coffee cruda is a very useful homeopathic remedy in case of insomnia from mental hyperactivity and agitation. In subjects who suffer from this type of insomnia the mind is always awake, the thought is incessant and the influx of ideas is great.
Their insomnia is caused by excessive mental activity, as well as disorders of nervous origin, such as palpitations and tachycardia, neuralgia and menstrual disorders.
They suffer from insomnia at least until midnight and, even when they fall asleep, they never have a restful sleep but on the contrary it is interrupted several times during the night.