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(Cola nitida)

Kola Nut is also known as Cola and it is the seed kernel of a large African tree now grown commercially around the world. It is extremely popular in the tropics as a caffeine-containing stimulant. The properties of Kola are the same as those of caffeine, modified only by the astringents present.
PROPERTIES: stimulant
Parts used: nut

 • increasing the capacity for physical exertion, enduring fatigue without food,
• stimulating a weak heart and
• treating nervous debility, weakness, lack of emotion, nervous diarrhea, depression, despondency, brooding, anxiety and sea sickness.
• it can act as a specific for nervous diarrhea
• help improve symptoms of temporary depression and may, in some people, give rise to euphoric states.
• Because of its caffeine content, Kola Nut may relieve some migraine headaches.
• was said to make ideas become clearer, and thoughts flow more easily and clearly. However, too much stimulative effect is said to cause thoughts to "scatter."
• used Kola has a marked stimulating effect on the human consciousness, and in the short term, it may be used in nervous debility and in states of weakness. 

SUGGESTED DOSAGE: Tincture: 10 to 60 drops three times a day or 2 to 10 pumps of the spray.

CONTRA INDICATIONS: Pregnant and nursing women should not use Kola Nut, and excessive use (many times the recommended dosage) may cause nervousness, tremors, palpitations and/or insomnia. If symptoms of dizziness, anxiety or nervousness occur, discontinue using Kola Nut. Do not take Kola if you have stomach or intestinal ulcers 

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.