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Cinchona Bark History
Recent history of Cinchona has shown a particular promise in the treatment of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, where its synthetic cousin’s Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine have shown an ability to destroy Coronavirus COVID-19 in a test tube. Other 21st century notable uses of Cinchona have been for the successful treatment of drug-resistant malaria, as well as muscular disorders such as leg cramps and restless leg syndrome. This explosion in use has led many to ask: Where can I buy Cinchona bark near me, where can I buy Quinine and is Cinchona a medicinal plant?
Modern records of Cinchona use against malaria go back to as far as 1513 where folklore has it that it successfully treated members of the Spanish establishment traveling through Peru at the time. As word spread back to Spain and Europe, history was set to begin a Cinchona revolution and reduce fatalities from the malaria virus drastically and worldwide.
The Cinchona natural medicine is an ancient traditional herbal remedy which was a revelation in the modern world, from its discovery around the early 14th century in the Amazon region. Although Cinchona bark was not widely used by the Inca’s, as not included in the ‘Inca pharmacopeia’, there are accounts of its use for shivering or perhaps fever. European settlers appear to be the first to realize Cinchona’s antiviral properties and effects, most notably for the successful treatment of Malaria. Malaria had become particularly problematic with increase in travel and trade and became known as a global health issue. Thus leading for cinchona to be viewed as one of the world’s most important medicines and one of the most valuable and sought after herbs globally. Cinchona’s mysterious origins and understanding in Europe led to a thriving black market of fake and poor quality Cinchona. This is in turn led to varying levels of quality and suspicions about Cinchona’s effectiveness and wasn’t until several hundred years later that Cinchona’s effectiveness was consequently proven.
Despite this Cinchona remained the go to fever and malaria medicine throughout the 15th 16th 17th 18th and 195y centuries. That view stayed solid until around the beginning of the 20th century. By 1820 Cinchona was the go to medicine not just for Malaria but for any type of fever. Yet 1820 was also a time when science discovered the ability to isolate compounds and alkaloids. Cinchona alkaloids were first beginning to be isolated and the first trials begun. Patients were tested with each of the alkaloids individually. It was later discovered that Cinchona’s active alkaloid Quinine often correlated with the effectiveness of Cinchona, yet it wasn’t until 1842 that this was fully understood. Prior 1842 due to changeable effectiveness, grand discussions took place debating the barks efficiency. High quality Cinchona was often smuggled into England via Essex where Robert Taylor wrote at length on the shrubs benefits and pursued the first, yet basic clinical trials into the shrubs medicinal properties. Still despite scientific prove, as was the charm and effectiveness of the bark, sea faring ships began ensuring large stock piles of the bark in store on ships for missions where malaria could or would be present.
Cinchona was exported and cultivated around the World and became the go to treatment for both fever and Malaria for several centuries. In the 16th to 19th centuries Cinchona use exploded medicinally. The 20th century bought about the ability to isolate compounds and alkaloids and markets moved away from the natural Cinchona to more commercial synthetic compounds such as isolate Quinine. Quinine is one of the known antiviral alkaloids present in Cinchona.
Cinchona Bark Medicinal Uses
As a natural antiviral, research suggests an effect against a range of viruses including potentially Coronavirus Covid-19. This is based on the experiments that show Chloroquine can kill Coronavirus in a test tube and based on the fact that Chloroquine is based on Cinchona. Additional to the treatment of viral issues and resistant malarial viral issues cinchona is also used for muscular issues such as restless leg syndrome and has subsequently created many positive results reported online. Additional uses of Cinchona are:
- Antiviral, fever, malaria, Coronavirus, swine flu, common cold, flu
- Muscular: Leg cramps, restless leg syndrome.
- Digestive disorders: Increasing appetite/releasing digestive juices & saliva/bloating/fullness/ulcers/gastric inflammation
- Varicose veins
- Stimulating hair growth
- Eye disorders: lotions and eye numbing/pain relieving
- Check/cough: Haemoptysis
- Intermittent neuralgia
Cinchona Bark Dosage
Fever/Antiviral: 7.5 to 15 g, 3 to 4 times per day mixed in a hot beverage, For 1-2 weeks. (0.75 and 1.5 g of quinine a day.)
*Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Rather than in the format of extracts or essential oils cinchona bark is traditionally simply ground down into a powder. It is then consumed mixed with a beverage either hot or cold, thus creating your own tonic.
Cinchona Bark Taste & Supplementing
Cinchona’s bitter taste meant it was excluded from the Inca Pharmacopeia and was avoided altogether apart for the treatment of chills. The Europeans on the other hand used Cinchona far more extensively partly to the fact of the need, as many were infected by Malaria something that the Inca’s had already built up a tolerance too. *Some find mixing with ginger, honey and lots of water masks the taste. It can also be mixed with juice or alcohol (If tolerated) to make it more palatable. Traditionally it was often mixed with a strong wine.
Cinchona Bark Other Names
- Cortex peruanus
- Jesuit’s powder
- Quinine powder
- Quinine extract
Cinchona Bark Native Habitat & Cultivation
In the form of small tree or shrub, Cinchona is traditionally found in the western South American regions. Cinchona was particularly prevalent along the Bolivian river banks of the Amazon. However it also reached as far as Peru, Ecuador and Colombia in its natural habitat. After its medicinal discovery cultivation was attempted in Europe unsuccessfully, but also India and Africa with better results.
Significant Compounds & Chemistry
Although Quinine has been touted as the main compound with antiviral and malaria beating properties there are at least another 3 compounds that exert an effect on the body and its immune system. Quinine is also an ingredient found in Tonic Water.
Other Notable/Related Herbs
- Cinchona pubescens, is a closely related specie of Cinchona which growths throughout Latin America and also contains particularly high levels of quinine, the compound known to fight malaria. A [articularly invasive and resilient specie that has the ability to continually grow back even when most roots or bark have been removed. The shrub has the remarkable ability to even grow back when only a stump remains. Cinchona pubescens has become particularly problematic in idealistic areas such as the Galapagos.
- Cinchona succirubra, the Cinchona relation with the highest levels of Quinine.
- Cinchona calisaya
- Cinchona pubescens
- Cinchona officinalis
- Cinchona ledgeriana
Potential Side Effects
For most people Cinchona will provide moderate to no side effects whilst providing relief, other than an unusual taste. Potential side effects are listed below: *Stop use immediately if serious symptoms or ringing in the ears occur and consult a doctor. Do not take if you have stomach ulcers or in combination with Quinine medications.
- Ringing in Ears
- Skin Rash
- Visual disturbances
- Slow blood clotting