Also known as
Cinchona officinalis, Red cinchona, Quinine bark
Cinchona bark is the original source of the anti-malarial drug 'quinine'. Native to South America and traditionally used to reduce fever, kill parasites, and reduce inflammation. Quinine and cinchona bark have been used by herbalists and healers to effectively reduce leg cramps & spasms, although the FDA claims there is zero evidence that quinine works for such purposes and was sub-sequentially taken off the market.
Quinine & related compounds
1-2 teaspoons of bark or 3-6 grams are recommended brewed in tea for general anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxing, & pain relieving effects. Can be consumed in low doses daily for general tonic health purposes.
Cinchona bark is a very useful herb when dealing with parasites, inflammation, fever, & spasms, especially of the legs.
High doses of cinchona bark can occupy certain liver enzymes and interact with medicines. If you are currently taking any prescription medicines please speak with your primary health care provider about any potential interactions with your medicine.
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