Botanical Name- Cinchona Pubescens
Common Names- Cinchona, Fever Tree, Peruvian Bark, Jesuit’s Bark
Description- This herb grows well in countries in Asia such as in India, Peru, in parts of Africa and also in South American countries like Brazil. Today, we credit the Incas with being the first people to understand the medicinal benefits of quinine and even use it to treat unwell people in a number of ways. Many infections, digestive problems and even fever was often cured by administering quinine to such patients. The red bark is usually removed from trees that are at least six years of age and then dried in the sun for grounding into a powder like consistency. It is from the bark and root that quinine is also extracted.
Benefits- Quinine was the ready at hand cure given to patients who suffered from malaria up until the First World War. Today, it is given to increase appetite, treat stomach bloating and to enhance the promotion of digestive juices in the intestines. This in turn helps to digest food better. In some countries, small doses of Cinchona is used for treating swine flu and fever. Quinine is often used to treat some forms of cancer, mouth diseases and also muscle cramps that could occur due to over-exertion of the body. The ability of this herb to numb pain is its most important benefit and that is why it is used in medicines to alleviate discomfort and also in eye drops. Its anti-bacterial properties kill germs instantly and that’s why some it is one of the ingredients used in mouthwashes. Hemorrhoids are very painful and bleeding is one of the symptoms that many patients suffer from. However, research shows that an extract of quinine can be used for treating hemorrhoids successfully by applying it directly on the skin. Similarly, it can also be used to treat varicose veins which make walking itself so painful and can help to reduce the pain associated with this condition considerably.
Consumption- There is a chance that an allergic reaction may occur for some people such as eczema or itching of the skin. The adverse effects that could happen when this medicine is taken along with others is yet to be studied in detail. It has been found that some people may suffer from damage to the nervous system, have decreased heart rate and may suffer from constipation too, on taking any form of Cinchona. Studies also prove that excess intake of Cinchona could lead to nausea and in some cases, even deafness. Heart patients and elderly people suffering from other ailments should stay away from taking Cinchona in any form. In case a patient is suffering from ulcers, avoiding using any extract of Cinchona is important as it could increase the risk of internal bleeding. Research conducted into the use of quinine also shows that it can slow down the natural rate of blood clotting in the body and that is why patients should stay away from taking it just before or just after a surgery.