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What are the Therapeutic Uses and Health Benefits of Kola Nut (Cola acuminate)?

Kola Nut, Cola acuminate

What is Kola Nut?

Kola nut is a medium sized tree which grows about 13 to 20 cm in height with short branches. The bark is dark green or grey in color. Leaves are dark green in color and its flowers are a whitish or creamy color. The Seeds contain high caffeine content and are aromatic (have a pleasant smell).

Nut extracts are used in candies, ice cream, carbonated drinks, baked goods etc. Its botanical name is Cola acuminate and it belongs to family Sterculiaceae.

Habitat: It is native to West Africa

Part used: Seed

What are the Medicinal Uses of Kola Nut?

  • Kola Nut is useful in treating heart and digestive disorders.
  • This herb is used in cough, asthma, and bronchitis related problems.
  • It is used in treating insomnia, headache, and general weakness.
  • It also treats nervous system related problems.

What are the Therapeutic Uses of Kola Nut?

Cough and asthma

In cough, this herb is used as a cough suppressant that reduces the cough reflex and decreases the production of mucus. It loosens the mucus and provides relief to the patient.

In asthma, this herb is used as a bronchodilator that dilates the bronchioles and relaxes the lung. It widens the airways and provides relief to the patient. It also provides relief in other symptoms such as pain and stiffness in the chest.

Digestive disorders

Kola nut acts as an antacid that neutralizes the acidic content in the stomach and maintains its pH level. This herb maintains the bowel movements if the person is suffering from any bowel disease. It acts as a laxative that makes the stools soft. This herb also acts as an antibiotic that kills or stops the growth of microbes and provides relief from abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting etc.


Kola nuts act as a sedative that increases the quality and quantity of sleep. This herb acts as an antidepressant that reduces depression and anxiety. It relaxes the body and mind.

Immune system

This herb acts as an antibacterial that kills the bacteria or prevents the growth of life-threatening bacteria in the body. It minimizes the risk of disorders such as meningitis and tuberculosis. It also combats several respiratory diseases such as bronchitis. It boosts the immune system and prevents the patient from infections.

Increased circulation

These nuts boost the oxygenation process by stimulating the circulation. Proper circulation of blood to the skin keeps it healthier for a longer period and heals the wounds naturally. It repairs the damaged cells and improves the overall health of the patient.


These nuts combat the pain as well as inflammation. This herb eases the joint movements and prevents the friction between the joints. It maintains the synovial fluid and keeps the bones strong and healthy.

Prostate cancer

Kola nuts are rich in phytoandrgens and phytoestrogens. These nuts stimulate apoptosis (that means normal cell death) and prevent cancer.

Different Preparations made by Kola Nuts

  • Tonic
  • Powder
  • Capsules

Doses of these Preparations

  • Tonic: 5 to 10 ml
  • Powder: 3 to 6 gm
  • Capsules: One capsule


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