The therapeutic value of coca in contemporary medicine

J Ethnopharmacol. Mar-May 1981;3(2-3):367-76. doi: 10.1016/0378-8741(81)90064-7.

Abstract

Coca appears to be a useful treatment for various gastrointestinal ailments, motion sickness, and laryngeal fatigue. It can be an adjunct in programs of weight reduction and physical fitness and may be a fast-acting antidepressant. It is of value in treating dependence on stronger stimulants. Coca regulates carbohydrate metabolism in a unique way and may provide a new therapeutic approach to hypoglycemia and diabetes mellitus. With low-dose, chronic administration it appears to normalize body functions. In leaf form coca does not produce toxicity or dependence. Coca can be administered as a chewing gum or lozenge containing a whole extract of the leaf, including alkaloids, natural flavors, and nutrients.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthetics, Local
  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Appetite Depressants
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • Coca*
  • Coffee
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Motion Sickness / drug therapy
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Substance-Related Disorders

Substances

  • Anesthetics, Local
  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Appetite Depressants
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • Coffee