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The healthy wanderer goes AWOL

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

COCA is an Andean tradition…COCAINE is a Western habit


The leaves of coca, chewed or taken in a weak infusion, stimulate the gastric nerves and greatly facilitate digestion; and are also useful in relieving the sense of fatigue from excessive mental or physical exercise. Mountaineers of the Peruvian Andes employ coca leaves habitually to lessen fatigue and to guard against the pulmonary haemorrhage likely to occur at high altitudes. Coca enables its user to endure fatigue and exertion for many hours, even for several days, with but little nourishment of any kind...

In large doses, coca is said to cause delirium, hallucination and final cerebral congestion.

In medium doses it acts as a stimulant, increasing the temperature of the body, as well as the respiration and frequency of the pulse.

In smaller doses it excites the nervous system in such a manner as to render the performance of muscular exertion much easier, and producing a sensation of calmness…

Homeopathic Coca…based on ‘like cures like’ (what can cause sickness in a healthy individual can treat in a sick person) has been made from a coca tincture of Erythroxylum coca, containing the alkaloid cocaine in considerable amounts, which has then been diluted and succussed into a homeopathic preparation, freeing it from its potentially poisonous ill-effects.

Coca 30 is called the homeopathic mountaineer’s remedy. It is indicated for a variety of complaints incidental to mountain climbing, affects such as heart palpitations, dyspnoea (difficulty breathing), anxiety and insomnia. It is used for altitude sickness where the respiratory power is depressed with its main affinity of action being on the brain, on the muscles of the body and heart, and on the action of respiration.

Taken when symptoms first appear, it alleviates the sensations described above; the remedy is then re administered if and when symptoms return.

It can be a useful adjunct to having on its own or alongside conventional Diamox where symptoms have not been controlled.


Eric Clapton

If you wanna hang out youve got to take her out; cocaine.

If you wanna get down, down on the ground; cocaine.

She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie; cocaine.

If you got bad news, you wanna kick them blues; cocaine.

When your day is done and you wanna run; cocaine.

She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie; cocaine.

If your thing is gone and you wanna ride on; cocaine.

Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back; cocaine.

She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie; cocaine.

She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie; cocaine.

By Chantal Heller…who has personally trialled Coca 30 on Mt Everest in March 2015


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