|Most Common Name:||Cinchona|
Known As (other names):||Peruvian Bark, Jesuit's Bark,
Cinchona is possibly best known by the common name Peruvian Bark. Quinine,
one of Cichona's constituents made this herb famous as the most significant
break through against Malaria.
There are many different species of
Cinchona, which differ in occurrence of constituents.
or in treatment of:
|Antispasmodic|| || |
we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as
continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we
also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and
side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between
constituents. We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these
vary considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above
with the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.|
Quinine: One of the Quinoline Alkaloids, Quinine is best known
for its antimalarial properties. It is used by the pharmaceutical industry as a
major component in anti-malarial drugs.
Quinine is also a febrifuge and
Side effects are bleeding and bruising, vertigo, tinnitus
and a skin rash.
Quinoline Alkaloids: Quinoline alkaloids are common in the
Rutacea family of plants.
Alkaloids Typical alkaloids are alkaline organic vegetable
substances containing one or more nitrogen atoms. This nitrogen base is capable
of combining with acids to form crystalline salts. Most alkaloids are derived
from amino acids while a few are derived from isoprene units. Alkaloids are white or colourless solids containing oxygen (oxygen
free alkaloids are few and far between and then can only exist as liquids) Most
alkaloids are not water soluble, extraction is normally by tincture.
Alkaloids are found in about one quarter of all flowering plants. Thousands of
alkaloids have been identified from a large number of plants where the alkaloid
can be present in virtually every part of the plant or just a specific part like
rhizome, leaf or seed.
generally have profound physiological impact on the human body and nervous
system effects are predominant.
Many alkaloids are used as extracted and refined compounds derived from the
actual plants or synthesised compounds in pharmaceutical drugs.
Several Alkaloids are banned in many countries because of the extreme impact
on the nervous system (strychnine for instance is a deadly poison in very small
doses) and the habit forming nature of some of the alkaloid compounds.
Tannins: Tannins are the largest group of polyphenols found
widely in bark, wood, leaves and even some fruit. Widely used to tan animal
hides in the leather production industry this constituent is an Astringent,
works against inflammation in mucus membranes and other skin conditions,
prevents bleeding of small wounds as well as uterine bleeding and is effective
against diarrhoea and dysentery.
Tannins should be used with care as they
tend to inhibit the absorption of other nutrients and substances therefore
reducing the efficacy of other medicinal compounds in the medication.
do not use if:
|If a skin rash appears||While
pregnant||If bruising appears|
dizziness occurs|| || |
at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies
and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in
certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we
will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list
of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an
appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.|
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