Cola Nut

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Cola Nut
Used Part.

The seeds of the tree of cola (Cola nitida (Vent. Schott and Endl. Or the Cola acuminata (Beauv. Schott and Endl. Dried and devoid of teguments.

Active Principles.

Xánticas bases: caffeine (1 - 2, 5%) traces of theobromine and theophylline. Tannins (5 - 10%) catechol, epicatecol; flobafenos, potassium salts.

Drug Action.

Stimulant of the central nervous system (comparable to coffee or tea) defatigante, cardiac, digestive, lipolytic, diuretic.


As energizing, in asthenia, hypotonia, hypotension, bradycardia, convalescence. Dyspepsia hiposecretoras. Used to enhance physical and intellectual performance.


Should not manage children or people with anxiety, insomnia, paroxysmal tachycardia, hypertension and dystonia neurovegetative in general.

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcoholic content for oral administration in children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Side Effects.

Excitement, insomnia, tachycardia. Can cause overdrive followed by depression.

The cola nut frees a slow caffeine, so it presents a stimulating effect that the milder coffee and lengthens the time of removal of caffeine, which enhances the effect of excitement in the soft drinks that are associated with other xánticas bases with drugs: prevent the associations with coffee, tea, mate or guarana (Peris et al. 1995)

Caution / Poisoning.

Prescribe in the form of discontinuous treatments.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Dust: 1 to 2 g / day, in capsules.

Dry extract (5: 1) 0. 3 to 1 g / day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 20 - 60 drops, 1 - 3 times a day.


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