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Cinchona, the malaria agent

  1. Tropical plants have been used in Western medicine much earlier than today. One of the best known and one of the most efficient is without a doubt the Cinchona or the Kinaboom.

The story of Ana van Chinon

  1. During the colonial rule of the Spaniards in South America, Countess Ana of Cinchon, consort of the viceroy, became seriously ill with malaria. Her condition seemed hopeless and news of her illness spread across the country. The report also came to the attention of the governor. He had overcome the disease himself with a drug that had long proven its value in treating malaria. He therefore recommended its use to the consort of the vic-king. The Countess was soon restored to health and later distributed this valuable medicine to the poor. So it is that the tree that provided this resource was named Cinchona, in tribute to the Countess.

Cinchona tree botanical

  1. The cinchona tree originally belongs to the Andes, from Venezuela to Bolivia, growing at an altitude of 1500 to 2000 m. Today it is mainly planted in Congo, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

The bark and the quinine

  1. Although the story of the Countess of Cinchon was a legend, on one point it is completely true: the bark of the cinchona tree, and in particular the quinine extracted from it, was until 1930 the only remedy for malaria. The cinchona tree owes its importance and distribution to this effect.

An old recipe for a fortifying, tonic drink with quinine

  1. Take 30 g cinchona bark, 30 g bitter orange peel and 1 liter of alcohol at 20 °

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