Information on Kola

Latin NameCola acuminata, C. spp.
Other NamesCola nut
Part UsedSeeds
Herb FormsCapsule, bulk powder.
AffectsUrinary system, Nervous system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsContraindicated in pregnancy, hypertension, and gastric and duodenal ulcers. Avoid long-term use. Kola nut contains about 2.5% caffeine, which is a central nervous system stimulant. It can aggravate symptoms of anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness, and
Botanical InfoA large evergreen tree with long leathery leaves, a smooth trunk and thick green bark. The fruit consists of four or five pods with one to several seeds.
DescriptionKola nut is a central nervous system stimulant used for short-term mild depression, seasickness, appetite stimulation, and chronic diarrhea. Because of its caffeine content, it is also used for narcolepsy, fatigue, and exhaustion.

Kola has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of HOT.


Extract2-4 capsules 3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Kola

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Fatiguecentral nervous system stimulanttincture
Depression, mildmild antidepressantcapsule, tea
Narcolepsystimulanttea, tincture


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