I grew up hearing my dad talk about the health benefits of quinine. He learned it from his parents (my grandparents) who lived a very long and healthy life.
I learned so much from them all.
My grandparents trotted away for their honeymoon in a horse and buggy when they got married in the 1800s, and they bought one of the first telephones, the first automobiles, witnessed two World Wars, and watched Neil Armstrong step on the moon.
Not bad for one lifetime.
After 80 years of marriage, they died a month apart at 101 and 102 years of age, respectively.
Living over 100 years, they saw it all! Including the evolution of medicine.
They used quinine whenever needed. They didn’t even focus on any side-effects because it fixed the original problem.
Back in their day, all medicines – homeopathic or not – were used for mere short periods of time. And typically, people used only one medicine at a time.
In my grandparent’s day, natural herbs, homeopathy and small-town medicines were the way people handled diseases. Vitamins from foods and some supplements (typically powders and tonics) were combined with non-toxic quinine (Cinchona Officialis) from organic Peruvian tree bark.
Harvested from the bark of the Cinchona tree, quinine has been used for centuries worldwide to treat leg cramps and restless leg syndrome. Quinine’s primary benefit has been used for the treatment of malaria in a pill form.
It’s not used to prevent malaria but to treat it, and it definitely destroys the organism responsible for the disease. People use it to combat many oxygen-eating viruses.
I’d say this is healthy disease prevention.
When harvested from the bark, quinine is a crystalline alkaloid C20H24N2O2. Today in the Western world, quinine used in various medicines is in a synthetic form of the alkaloid. The salt of quinine has been used as an antipyretic, antimalarial, and bitter tonic since 1825.
Gin And Tonic
Adding tonic water was the first way people used quinine for an antimalarial drug.
In 1825, a British officer in colonial India went one-step further and discovered that gin mixed with quinine as a “gin in tonic” helped the medicine go down in a much more enjoyable way …..
Hence – gin and tonic was born.
Is It Safe Or Not?
The toxicity of quinine is debated today, especially when Big Pharma enters the debate supporting mandated vaccines.
Mainstream is saying it may be toxic.
Just know that you’d have to drink almost 20 liters of tonic water daily to meet the daily dose typically prescribed in medication for malaria. At that point, you’ll be so tipsy, you won’t care if you’re sick or not …..
If you research quinine’s part in the drug Hydroxychloroquine in respect to the Coronavirus, make sure to read article links from sources before 2018 in order to get the real skinny about quinine and quinine-related remedies.
Earlier articles are absent the politics of this current drug use. Prior to the arrival of Coronavirus (COVID 19), the side-effects were known, but fear of quinine drugs were never as intense as they are today – mainly because it is an inexpensive, readily available, and very effective medicine.
I know dozens of people who have used it for years when they travel outside of the USA, especially when traveling to Africa.
Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. It is used to prevent and treat acute attacks of malaria. It is also used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis in patients whose symptoms have not improved with other treatments.
PubMed states (from 2012):
Quinine was first recognized as a potent antimalarial agent hundreds of years ago. Since then, the beneficial effects of quinine and its more advanced synthetic forms, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, have been increasingly recognized in a myriad of other diseases in addition to malaria. In recent years, antimalarials were shown to have various immunomodulatory effects, and currently have an established role in the management of rheumatic diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases, and in the treatment of chronic Q fever. Lately, additional metabolic, cardiovascular, antithrombotic, and antineoplastic effects of antimalarials were shown. In this review, we discuss the known various immunomodulatory mechanisms of antimalarials and the current evidence for their beneficial effects in various diseases and in potential novel applications.
The side effects of quinine are interesting – they are listed as both its positive benefits and negative side-effects. How does that work if you are taking a prescribed dose and are monitored by your doctor?
Well, at least the side-effects reported by the FDA are less harmful than the side-effects of most pharmaceuticals or food chemicals these days, such as aspartame.
- ringing in the ears
- stomach cramps
- leg cramps
Instead of chewing on the bark of a Peruvian Cinchona tree, research the ways quinine derivatives might be helpful in times of need.
Don’t fear the effective history of quinine – let’s appreciate the fact that we have the option to use it.
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