There is a bit of controversy among homeopaths about coffee drinking. Does it or does it not disrupt the action of a well selected remedy? Even if it doesn’t frankly undermine the remedy’s positive effectiveness, is it a good idea to drink coffee? Hahnemann has his thoughts on the matter, as the following quote reveals.
“I am aware that the German must drink coffee if he would revel in pleasantry, if he would weave together ﬂimsy romances, and produce frothy jeux d’esprit, and the German female needs coffee if she would be brilliant and sentimental in modish circles. The ballet-dancer, the improvisatore, the mountebank, the juggler, the sharper, and the faro-banker need coffee; as does also the fashionable musical virtuoso for his dizzy rapidity, and the omnipresent fashionable physician, when he wishes to ﬂutter through ninety-nine visits of a morning. Let us leave to these their unnatural stimulus, and with it its consequences on human health and happiness.”
Coffee as a remedy, in the form of Coffea cruda or Coffea tosta, is well known in the materia medica. “Hahnemann saw coffee as the Great Exciter, stirring up things higher than a kite, not conforming to the rules and regulations of the body and throwing life off its natural rhythm. He proclaimed that “it diminishes and almost annihilates the disagreeable sensations analogous to the wise organisation of our bodies,” suggesting that disagreeable sensations are inherent to human life and thus must be endured, not escaped. In short, coffee equates a flight from reality and regularity. Even today, homeopathy carries the legacy of Hahnemann’s injunction against coffee. Most homeopaths advise their patients against drinking coffee because it antidotes or disrupts homeopathic treatment, whose goal it is to return the body to the regularity of normal function.
“In complete contrast to Hahnemann, Schivelbusch perceives coffee as the Great Soberer, embraced by late 17th-century middle classes as a wake-up call for society. He says “it awakened a drowsing humanity from its alcoholic stupor to middle-class common sense and industry.” Weinberg and Bealer take up a similar position, arguing that the black brew aided the process of industrialisation. Coffee helped, they say, “large numbers of people to coordinate their work schedules by giving them the energy to start work at a given time and continue it as long as necessary. Thus, coffee brings back reality and regularity.”
Hence we see the theme of ‘regularity vs revelry’, ‘monotony vs extravagance’, ‘boredom vs brilliance’. These themes appear in the array of mental and emotional symptoms – to name a few:
Ailments from sudden emotions, especially pleasant surprises; excessive joy, excessive laughing and playing; disappointed love; anger, or vexation with vehemence or fright; narcotic medicines; noises; strong smells. Mental over-activity. Plans, fancies, theorising, abundant ideas in evening, causing sleeplessness. Quick, wandering thoughts. Rushing ideas. Abrupt, incoherent answers. Whirling activity – spinning thoughts – whirling sensation in head. Fear for anything inclined to circularity – roundabouts, merry-go-rounds. Feels strong enough to do anything; feels impelled to push things; wants to keep going ahead and doing something.
Quoted from Synoptic Reference I by Frans Vermeulen