I love coffee these days, though in the past I have struggled with it. But what it was doing was teaching me about my body and its balance. What I find with power herbs such as coffee, tobacco and cannabis is they are very healing but not very forgiving. What I mean by this is that if we have addictive or unconscious tendencies within us they tend to draw them out and by their powerful natures will takeover and unbalance our system. Unlike tonic herbs that by their definition are not capable of unbalancing ones body. So power herbs have a “right way” to be taken which involves timing, dosage, method, intention and combinations to suit the individual recipient. For example tobacco should not be inhaled and only taken on and off. In my experience coffee should be drunk in the morning (as I mentioned in another post in accordance with the principles of solar nutrition) with some cacao to balance it and sweetened with maple syrup or another tree sweetener. It should be drunk in moderation. This is very important with coffee and cacao and why these herbs also help teach us about our body, our limits and self-control. Think of it as a medicine. Even a teaspoon of weak coffee in the morning is enough to activate your hormones for the day. Caffeine is very anti cancer and a powerful healer but again only the right quality, dose and combinations and at the right time.
Even these powerful stimulating herbs are in no way inferior in my opinion to tonic herbs, they actually just require more involvement, more ritual, more consciousness and can provide balance for the tonic herbs and vice versa. It’s better to understand the underlying principles, its all about the dosage, even water can kill you if you drink too much. I like the phrase by Paracelceus “The dosage makes the poison” which is as true as “the dosage makes the medicine” and the “timing plus dosage make the medicine”.
I am very sensitive and could never really handle coffee so rarely drank it. That was until I started regarding coffee as a medicine and via “solar nutrition” realised it was a morning tree food, so best consumed before midday. This is especially true for the more stimulating foods such as most of the ones mentioned in this article.
These days I drink sprouted, mycotoxin free, high altitude roasted and green coffee, which is likely to soon be available on the website! I think the closest thing I could say to describe my job title would be “he who loves to make, consume and share the best food and medicine ever, every day”
Benefits & Research
Coffee drinking may lower the risk of colon cancer by about 25%, gallstones by 45%, cirrhosis of the liver by 80%, and Parkinson’s disease by 50% to as much as 80%. Other benefits include 25% reduction in onset of attacks among asthma sufferers and, at least among a large group of female nurses tracked over many years, fewer suicides. In addition, some studies have indicated that coffee contains four times the amount of cancer-fighting antioxidants as green tea.
The bright red berry that encases the coffee bean signifies this herb as a treatment for the heart. Coffee has the effect of opening the orifices, it thus has the action of stimulating and focusing mental activity. The bitter taste of the coffee bean signifies its de-toxicant qualities. Its effects are comparable to that of dandelion (pugongying), which disperses accumulations by purging the gallbladder and promotes urination.
According to the Kaldi coffee legend, the potential for consuming coffee was first discovered when a goat-herder in Abyssinia, while groggily basking in the sun, observed his goats dancing on their hind legs after eating some of the red berries. He tasted the berries and his sleepy eyes opened. He took some to the village and the people there also liked it, especially the monks, as it kept them awake during their prayers.
In chinese medicine Coffee is said to increase and unblock liver Qi.
Actions: Cerebro-spinal, respiratory, gastric, and renal stimulant; antisoporific, efficient diuretic and antilithic; assists assimilation and digestion, promotes intestinal peristalsis, lessens tissue waste, and decreases the excretion of urea. It reduces the amount of blood circulating in the brain and brings it to the nervous tissues under pressure. It allays the sense of prolonged mental fatigue and keeps off sleep for some time. It increases reflex action and mental activity.
Uses: Coffee is a palliative in spasmodic asthma, in whooping cough, delirium tremens, hysterical affections, and in the palpitation of the heart. It is recommended in infant cholera and successful treatment for chronic diarrhea. Coffee and caffeine have been used as a diuretic.
A strong cup of coffee is considered a good protection from the effects of malaria. In their raw state, coffee berries are prescribed for hemicrania and intermittent fevers.