Cinchona officinalis: an antipyretic remedy

Cinchona bark (China Officinalis / Cinchona Succirubra / Cinchona Officinalis) is a medicine that has been traditionally used to reduce fever or exhaustion caused by the loss of bodily fluid.

Cinchona bark is given for blood loss, secondary anaemia and tiredness that follow heavy periods and c-sections.

Cinchona bark (China officinalis) individuals are very intelligent, bordering on paranoia, somewhere between genius and insanity. All problems are resolved in bed.

A perfect example of this personality is Mozart.

The patient has hypersensitive skin, especially on the scalp.

He has headaches and tinnitus. He worsens with friction and improves with heat.

When do we prescribe Cinchona bark?

In two very specific instances: in prolonged and debilitating feverishness and when the weakness is due to bodily fluid loss such as blood, sweat, breastfeeding or diarrhoea.

Main indications

In intermittent fever due to the flu. The fever is prolonged and weakens the patient.

It is prescribed for tiredness that occurs as a result of vital fluid loss (haemorrhages, night sweats, breastfeeding, painless but tiring diarrhoea, ulcerative colitis with bloating and flatulence).

Cinchona bark can also be useful for treating asthenia caused by convalescence with weakness, pallor, vertigo and tinnitus.

Did you know?

Hahnemann founded the first rules of homeopathy after observing some of the effects caused by the Cinchona bark.

The quinine bark became quickly popular and was first known as “The Countess’ Powder”, and later “The English cure for fever”.

“Kinakina” became known as quinine. Quinine is currently used for the treatment of Malaria.

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