The genus Cinchona contains about forty species of trees. They grow 15-20 meters in height and produce white, pink, or yellow flowers. All cinchonas are indigenous to the eastern slopes of the Amazonian area of the Andes, where they grow from 1,500-3,000 meters in elevation on either side of the equator (from Colombia to Bolivia). They can also be found in the northern part of the Andes (on the eastern slopes of the central and western ranges). They are now widely cultivated in many tropical countries for their commercial value, although they are not indigenous to those areas.
Cinchona, or quinine bark, is one of the rainforest's most famous plants and most important discoveries. Legend has it that the name cinchona came from the countess of Chinchon, the wife of a Peruvian viceroy, who experienced support for a malarial type of fever by using the bark of the cinchona tree in 1638. It was supposedly introduced to European health in 1640 by the countess of Chinchon, even before botanists had identified and named the species of tree. Quinine bark was first advertised for sale in England in 1658, and was made official in the British Pharmacopoeia in 1677. Physicians gave credit to the drug and, because of its effectiveness with malaria, it was recognized officially even while the identity of the tree species remained unknown. Several years after the "Countess's powder" arrived in England, it arrived in Spain. There, quinine bark was used by the Jesuits very early in its history and due to the influence of the Company of Jesus, the newly named "Jesuit's powder" became known all over Europe. When the plant was finally botanically classified almost one hundred years later in 1737, botanists still named it after the countess for her contribution. Throughout the mid-1600s to mid-1800s quinine bark was the primary approach for malaria and it evidenced remarkable results. It was also used to help support fever, indigestion, mouth and throat health issues, and immunity issues.
Natural quinine bark is still employed in herbal health systems around the world today. In Brazilian herbal health quinine bark is considered a tonic, a digestive stimulant, and fever-reducer. It can be used to help support anemia, indigestion, gastrointestinal disorders, general fatigue, fevers, malaria and as an appetite stimulant. Other folk supportives in South America cite quinine bark as a natural immunity booster,amebic infections, heart problems, colds, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, fevers, flu, hangover, lumbago, malaria, neuralgia, pneumonia, sciatica, typhoid, and varicose veins. In European herbal health the bark is considered antiprotozoal, antispasmodic, antimalarial, a bitter tonic, and a fever-reducer. There it can be used as an appetite stimulant, for hair loss, alcoholism, liver, spleen, and gallbladder disorders; and to help support irregular heart beat, anemia, leg cramps, and fevers of all kinds. In the U.S., quinine bark can be used as a tonic and digestive aid; can be used to help support heart palpitations and normalize heart functions; to help stimulate digestion and appetite; for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, headaches, leg cramps, colds, flu, and indigestion; and for its astringent, bactericidal, and anesthetic actions in various other complaints.
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-- November 30, 2007
Quinine Bark for leg cramps
Aside from quinine sulfate which I used to take for leg cramps, and which is no longer available in low doses, Quinine Bark (260 mgs)
is the only thing that prevents cramping my legs at night. It works and I can no longer get away without taking it nightly.
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-- June 13, 2008
Quinine Bark 260 mg. helps me to sleep through the night
Without taking 260mg of Quinine Bark each night before going to sleep, I was awakened every hour with terrible leg cramps which started in my feet and worked their way up to just above the knees.
One tablet helps me to sleep through the night.
-- July 20, 2008
The Quinine Bark (Red Cinchona)- 260 mg is the only product I have found that prevents me from getting leg cramps at night.
-- December 27, 2008
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Years ago my doctor (now retired) had me take Quinine because when I'd walk, sometimes out of the blue, my foot would feel like it cracked inside. It had been like that since High School, but I didn't let it stop me from running-track or anything else. I just never knew when it was going to happen. So after taking Quinine, it would happen just once in a great while and NOW it's like almost Never.
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