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Quinine Bark "I'm really happy with my purchase. Both my fiancee, and I suffer from leg cramps, which even added potassium in our diets wasn't completely eliminating. My Zooscape order reached me right away, and was reasonably priced." -- Beth (Crochet artist)
The genus Cinchona contains about forty species of trees. They grow 15-20 meters in height and produce white, pink, or yellow flowers. All cinchonas are indigenous to the eastern slopes of the Amazonian area of the Andes, where they grow from 1,500-3,000 meters in elevation on either side of the equator (from Colombia to Bolivia). They can also be found in the northern part of the Andes (on the eastern slopes of the central and western ranges). They are now widely cultivated in many tropical countries for their commercial value, although they are not indigenous to those areas.
Cinchona, or quinine bark, is one of the rainforest's most famous plants and most important discoveries. Legend has it that the name cinchona came from the countess of Chinchon, the wife of a Peruvian viceroy, who experienced support for a malarial type of fever by using the bark of the cinchona tree in 1638. It was supposedly introduced to European health in 1640 by the countess of Chinchon, even before botanists had identified and named the species of tree. Quinine bark was first advertised for sale in England in 1658, and was made official in the British Pharmacopoeia in 1677. Physicians gave credit to the drug and, because of its effectiveness with malaria, it was recognized officially even while the identity of the tree species remained unknown. Several years after the "Countess's powder" arrived in England, it arrived in Spain. There, quinine bark was used by the Jesuits very early in its history and due to the influence of the Company of Jesus, the newly named "Jesuit's powder" became known all over Europe. When the plant was finally botanically classified almost one hundred years later in 1737, botanists still named it after the countess for her contribution. Throughout the mid-1600s to mid-1800s quinine bark was the primary approach for malaria and it evidenced remarkable results. It was also used to help support fever, indigestion, mouth and throat health issues, and immunity issues.
Natural quinine bark is still employed in herbal health systems around the world today. In Brazilian herbal health quinine bark is considered a tonic, a digestive stimulant, and fever-reducer. It can be used to help support anemia, indigestion, digestion issues, general fatigue, fevers, malaria and as an appetite stimulant. Other folk supportives in South America cite quinine bark as a natural immunity booster,amebic infections, heart problems, colds, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, fevers, hangover, lumbago, malaria, neuralgia, pneumonia, sciatica, and varicose veins. In European herbal health the bark is considered antiprotozoal, antispasmodic, antimalarial, a bitter tonic, and a fever-reducer. There it can be used as an appetite stimulant, for hair loss, alcoholism, liver, spleen, and gallbladder disorders; and to help support irregular heart beat, anemia, leg cramps, and fevers of all kinds. In the U.S., quinine bark can be used as a tonic and digestive aid; can be used to help support heart palpitations and normalize heart functions; to help stimulate digestion and appetite; for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, headaches, leg cramps, coughs, colds, and indigestion; and for its astringent, bactericidal, and anesthetic actions in various other complaints.
Aviado, D. M., et al., "Antimalarial and antiarrhythmic activity of plant extracts." Medicina Experimentalis--International Journal of Experimental Medicine 1969; 19(20), 79-94.
Lung, A. and S. Foster. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients 1996. Wiley & Sons: New York.
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Anonymous - May 2, 2006, 20:28
What are side effects on this product. My friend has had by pass surgery and has a lot of toe cramps and leg cramps .. liken to charley horses. Any danger.
ZooScape Moderator - May 3, 2006, 12:05
A recent use for quinine has been for the relief of muscle spasms and leg cramps. A 1998 study documented the beneficial effects of quinine for leg cramps, with tinnitus being the only documented side effect. In 2002, a double-blind placebo study was undertaken in which 98 people with nocturnal leg cramps were given 400 mg of quinine daily for 2 weeks. The results stated that quinine administered at this dose effectively reduced the frequency, intensity, and pain of leg cramps without relevant side-effects. This use has fueled the natural product market and more people are looking for natural quinine bark as an alternative to the synthesized prescription drugs for this purpose.
Quinine bark contains naturally-occurring quinine alkaloids. These quinine alkaloids are sold as prescription drugs with numerous side effects and warnings documented in the literature. Do not exceed the quinine bark natural remedy amounts shown above unless you are under the care and advice of a qualified health care practitioner who is familiar with the warnings, side effects, and contraindications of higher therapeutic levels of quinine alkaloids.
I'm really happy with my purchase. Both my fiancee, and I suffer from leg cramps, which even added potassium in our diets wasn't completely eliminating. My Zooscape order reached me right away, and was reasonably priced.
(Profession: Crochet artist)
-- February 3, 2006
Relieve Leg Cramps
Recently purchased Red Cinchona/Quinine Bark from Zooscape for relief from night leg cramps, looking for an alternative to the excessively expensive and now, very hard to obtain, quinine sulfate I used for several decades. I did not have high expectations, but was very happily surprised. The product works.
(Profession: Healthcare Journalist)
-- February 23, 2007
Also Recommended: Zooscape is easy to use, provides instant follow up and fast delivery with excellent products. What more can you ask for?
Excellent product. Excellent service. I have only had one bad leg cramp since I started taking this tea, and before it was at least one bad one and one severe one each week.
(Profession: business owner)
-- April 29, 2008
Qunine bark is the best there is for eliminating Babesia, a small parasite that often accompanies Lyme disease. We have also seen it come up without Lymes. We see it in animals who have rashes and joint weakness. Without this wonderful resource we would have a very time doing the work we do, with clients who are presenting very difficult
problems with neurological disfunction, joint pain and skin disorders. Thanks so much for this! Five stars!
(Profession: Director of health clinic)
-- September 7, 2009
Red Cinchona as a substitute for Quinine Sulfate
I purchase and use this product without so much as a second thought. It has worked so well in preventing leg cramps that I will not be without it. I used to suffer cramps that I can only describe as debilitating. Since I have been using this product I have had very few problems.
(Profession: Equipment operator (retired))
-- March 1, 2011
cat lady anderson
this product really helps my husband's leg cramps - great support
-- January 30, 2015
I occasionally get severe leg cramps. I was taking prescription Quinine for it until it was disallowed. The Quinine Bark from Zooscape seems to keep the cramps away. Therefore, I am very happy with it and will continue using it.
-- January 4, 2016
red cinchona bark
works as well as rx quinine sulfate
(Profession: retired xray tech)
-- March 17, 2006
I have been taking it to releve nightime leg and body cramps for over six months and do not plan on ever being without it again.
-- April 21, 2007
I HAVEN"T STARTED TAKING THE QUININE BARK YET. AS I STILL HAVE SOME OF MY QUININE SULF PILLS LEFT. I AM HOPING THAT YOUR QUININE BARK WILL HELP STOP MUSCLE CRAMPS THO. AND THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL
-- May 1, 2007
Review Quinine Bark 325 mg
For my wife this product works, she was prescribed QUININE 325 mg for leg crapms. The Pharmacy said that she can not use this product for leg cramps. She started to have the cramps again. I researched and found this product. The Dr. said to use it; since she is taking i tablet every 2 days, the cramps stopped and so far is working well, no side effects.
-- July 20, 2007
Quinine Bark Extremely Helpful For Leg Cramps
When they removed Quinine from the prescription shelves, I didn't know what I was going to do, as I had suffered with severe leg and foot cramping at night for many years. After trying several other over the counter medications, none of which helped at all...I found the Quinine Bark (Red Cinchona) 325 mg....and my problem was solved. I have not had a single leg or foot cramp since I started taking the Quinine Bark. And I no longer need a prescription!!
Bless you for carrying this wonderful product.
-- August 1, 2007
Product worked as expected. Items shipped fast.
Will return for future purchases.
-- August 6, 2007
My doctor had order Quinine for my leg cramps but they changed the laws and because i didn't dont have malaria i could no longer get the Quinine pills so i order some Quinine Bark Tea to try out and they worked great however i ran out and they were out of stock so it took a while to get the next order, so i set down and ordered another order just so i don't run out again, thanks for a great product. Earl
-- August 28, 2007
Very good product!
Product worked beautifully, and I have re-ordered.
-- September 12, 2007
I am very please with your service!
(Profession: Retired Network Systems Engineer)
-- September 18, 2007
This product is working just great for us in relation to leg cramps.....thank you!!!
-- December 6, 2007
EXCELLENT PRODUCT, WORKS MARVELS, APPRECIATE PROMPT SHIPMENT!
-- January 15, 2008
I BOUGHT QUINE BARK BECAUSE I WAS UNABLE TO GET THE QUINE SULFATE TABLETS I HAVE TAKEN FOR YEARS FOR LEG CRAMPS. WHILE IT DIDN'T WORK AS SURELY AS THE TABLETS, I'M SURE IT WAS A GREAT IMPROVEMENT OVER ALL ELSE I HAD AVAILABLE TO ME. I DID INDEED GET RELIEF FROM THE LEG CRAMPS WITH IT. I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN ABLE TO GET QUININE SULFATE AT A REASONABLE PRICE, SO HAVE NOT REORDERED THE CINCHONA. I DON'T KNOW HOW OR WHY IT CAME AVAILABLE, BUT WILL ORDER CINCHONA AGAIN WHEN I NEED IT.
-- February 25, 2008
It works fairly well but is some less efective than pure quinine. [Editor: Note that this is 325 mg Quinine Bark - we also have a 450 mg Quinine Bark available.]
-- April 4, 2008
Quinine Bark (Red Cinchona)
I have been using Red Cinchona for a few years and it is the only thing that takes my leg cramps away.
-- May 16, 2008
I HAD LEG CRAMPS EVERY NIGHT BEFORE I RECIEVED THE RED BARK PRODUCT, AND NONE SINCE I HAVE BEEN ON IT, I HAD THESE RESULTS PRIOR TO THE U.S.A. OUT LAWING IT, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRODUCT. IT IS GREAT.
-- June 12, 2008
I BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT OVER 2 MONTHS AGO AND TAKE IT AS PRESCRIBED, AND IT IS FANTASTIC. SINCE I HAVE STARTED ON THIS I HAVE NEVER HAD A LEG CRAMP. FOR ME THIS IS GREAT, CRAMPS KEPT ME AWAKE NEARLY EVERY NIGHT. ! ! ! OFF AND ON ALL NIGHT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH...GENE
-- July 20, 2008
I've tried other products to relieve my leg cramps and nothing has worked as well as the Quinine Bark. Please keep it available for as long as you can. Thanks, karen
(Profession: Retired Postal Employee)
-- July 22, 2008
Quinine bark(Red Cinchona) 325mg.
I have been taking the quinine bark for over three months and it seems to have helped to prevent night time cramps although there are times when I need something stronger.
-- March 31, 2007
I don't know if it is a coincidence that my leg cramps stopped after taking this product or if it really works. I can say that I take one capsule about 30 minutes before bedtime and in the last 6 weeks have had only 6 episodes of leg cramps, and they were very light. That compared to almost nightly multiple and severe attacks. Personally I've had no side effects.
(Profession: Business Owner)
-- November 25, 2008
GREAT WHEN TAKEN AS PRESCRIBED
THIS WORKS GREAT
-- December 30, 2008
Quinine Bark (Red Cinchona) - 325mg
It works for me in controlling the leg cramps I get at night. I still get them occasionally, but not as often or as severe as they were.
-- July 21, 2009
The quinine bark is being used for leg cramps. It works very well. I isn't as good as quinine but it serves the purpose sinse I can't get quinine anymore. Thanks. You are a life saver. Ken
-- June 22, 2009
The product arrived in fine order. I was having a rheumatoid arthritis flare and couldn't get in to see my doctor for about a month, and so I ordered the product from you (rather than waiting for a prescription for the pharmaceutical Plaquenil, which I had taken for the prior flare). It worked nicely, and in waiting for the doctor's appointment I also discovered I have celiac disease. I am hopeful that in avoiding gluten I will not have to face the RA again. Thanks much for sending it.
-- July 19, 2010
Also Recommended: The product was a little slow in arriving. Of course, the time frame looks different from the "pain" end than it does from the "sales" end! I was just profoundly thankful it was available.
Your Quinine Bark has been a Godsend. I cannot purchase this medication here in town. It has completely relieved the muscle cramping I experienced in my hands, feet, and legs. I am so happy! Thanks.
-- October 16, 2008
love the product. Certainly puts an end to my muscle spasms.
-- November 26, 2008
I take one at bedtime. No more leg cramps. Amazing!
-- June 13, 2012
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