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Cinchona Herb Health Benefits

Cinchona is an herb that is indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest, and is celebrated for its wide variety of health advantages. It is the bark of the tree that is used in herbal medicine and is sourced for drugs.

 

The bark is stripped from the tree, dried, and ground into a powder.

 

The herb is utilized by some herbalists in South America for treating various kinds of liver cancer, breast cancer, mesenteric cancer, and cancer of the other glands and spleen.

 

Besides this, it is also used for treating amoebic infections, dysentery, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, temperature, lumbago, malaria, pneumonia, sciatica, varicose veins, hangovers and even typhoid.

 

Cinchona bark can be used as a bitter tonic, anti-malarial, anti-protozoal, an antispasmodic, and as a fever reducer.

 

It has antifungal and antibacterial properties as well, and can boost the appetite and help the digestive system function normally.

 

It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for stomach cramps and dysentery among other ailments.

 

In Venezuela it was used in traditional medicine as an anti-cancer agent. It is also used as insecticide and to repel insects.

 

Cinchona bark has been used as a remedy for heart palpitations (arrhythmia) since at least 1749, when the French physician Jean-Baptiste de Sénac published his annotations.

 

This medicine was sometimes called the “opium of the heart”. The drug contained in cinchona that has these cardiac effects is quinidine, which is the stereoisomer of quinine.

 

Cinchona bark has been used in traditional herbal medicine to treat muscle spasms.

 

This traditional use of cinchona bark has prompted medical studies.

 

There are a few reports of the successful use of cinchona in treating painful leg cramps and spasms, with only tinnitus as a side effect.

 

Herbs have been used for centuries especially by the older folks back in the days when drug wasn’t prevalent, one of the reasons why many have lived a long life.

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