Cinchona officinalis (Quinine Bark) is a tree native to Amazon Rainforest vegetation. This plant is used for the production of quinine, which is an anti-fever agent especially useful in the prevention and treatment of malaria. There are a number of various other chemicals which are made from this tree, and they include cinchonine, cinchonidine and quinidine.
Homeopathic Cinchona Uses:
Dr. Hahnemann established cinchona as a homeopathic remedy, and it has since been a go-to remedy for malarial symptoms, including headaches, high fever, profuse sweating, fatigue, anemia, diarrhea, vomiting, and moderate to severe shaking shills.
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In a study published in the Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine in 2013, researchers found that a combination of Cinchona officinalis 30 and chelidonium 30 displayed significant antimalarial potential against the lethal rodent malaria parasite called Plasmodium berghei.
“Antimalarial potential of China 30 and Chelidonium 30 in combination therapy against lethal rodent malaria parasite: Plasmodium berghei,” Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine, May 7, 2013; 10. pii: /j/jcim.2013.10.issue-1/jcim-2012-0016/jcim-2012-0016.xml. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2012-0016.
CINCHONA BARK C/S
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***Do not exceed YOUR DOCTORS recommended dose.
The compound quinine may cause serious and potentially life-threatening hypersensitivity reactions in some individuals. Cinchona may cause gastrointestinal irritation; use with caution in persons with gastric or intestinal ulcers.
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DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE YOUR OWN MEDICINE USING CINCHONA BARK.
Quinine is on the United States TTB's list of "Flavoring Substances and Adjuvants Subject to Limitation or Restriction" [link]. Purified quinine such as is used in tonic water ("Quinine, as the hydrochloride salt or sulfate salt") is limited to 83ppm "in carbonated beverages as a flavor."
Cinchona bark, as is used in bitter liqueurs and tonic syrups ("Cinchona, Red & Yellow Bark") is limited to use "in beverages only: not more than 83 ppm total cinchona alkaloids in finished beverage."
This means that it's not just the quinine in cinchona bark that's limited; it's the total quantity of quinine plus the other alkaloids including quinidine, cinchonine, and cinchonidine.
The TTB also states [link] on their "Pre-Import Supplemental Information" form that "Cinchona Bark may not contribute more than 83ppm of total alkaloids (Equivalent to 58ppm of quinine) to the finished alcoholic beverage." This seems to indicate that quinine is about 70% of total cinchona alkaloids.
Quinidine can have serious impacts on heart rhythm, particularly those with "prolonged QTc."
Most people will not know if they have this condition, which can be exacerbated by medications including antibiotics and psychiatric medications. The number of people with prolonged QTc can be greater than 1%, or more than 1 out of every 100 customers.
Though products with cinchona alkaloids below the legal limit should not impact this condition, the amounts of quinidine used in homemade tonic recipes could very well impact the hearth rhythms of people with this condition. Potentially this could have life-threatening impacts.
Even in heart-healthy people, excessive consumption of very high-quinidine products could cause problems.