An Alkaloid from Erythroxylon Coca
Besides the great usefulness of Cocaine as a local anæsthetic, it has specific homeopathic uses, though the symptoms are mainly clinical only. Sensation as if small foreign bodies or worms were under the skin.
Mind.--Talkative. Constant desire to do something great, to undertake vast feats of strength. Cerebral activity. Frightful persecutory hallucinations; sees and feels bugs and worms. Moral sense blunted. Personal appearance neglected. Thinks he hears unpleasant remarks about himself. Hallucinations of hearing. Irrational jealousy. Insomnia.
Head.--Throbbing and bursting sensation. Pupils dilated. Hearing greatly increased. Roaring and noises in head.
Eyes.--Glaucoma, increased tension, decreased corneal sensibility. Eyes staring, expressionless.
Throat.--Dry, burning, tickling, constricted, paralysis of muscles of deglutition. Speech difficult.
Stomach.--Loss of appetite for solid food. Likes sweets. Hæmorrhages from bowels, stomach.
Nervous System.--Chorea; paralysis agitans; alcoholic tremors and senile trembling. Local sensory paralysis. Formication and numbness in hands and forearms.
Sleep.--Restless, cannot sleep for hours after retiring.
Fever.--Coldness with intense pallor.
Relationship.--Compare: Stovain (an analgesic, a vasomotor dilator). Antidote to disagreeable effects occasionally resulting from injection of cocaine into skin or gums, drop doses of nitroglycer. 1 % sol.