Coming from Peru, the yellow quina tree, also known as Chinchona, is large, can be between 5 and 15 meters tall, and its bark, when reduced to powder, can be used to prepare teas that are effective in various medical treatments. Scientific name Cinchona calisaya , the plant belongs to the Rubiaceae family and can be found as a form of cultivation in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Properties and benefits
Its main chemical compound is quinidine, found in all species of the Rubiaceae family. The plant has been used for centuries to treat malaria, fever, indigestion, mouth and throat diseases, and cancer. Its formal use, however, was established in the mid-19th century, when the English began to cultivate it to ensure that it would not go into extinction, as it was at risk due to predatory harvesting.
Its parts used are the leaves, bark of the root, branches and trunk, and it has febrifuge, antimalarial, invigorating, astringent and healing properties. It is also a stimulant of intestinal, gastric and liver functions.
For urinary problems, infuse the leaves. Their juice is effective against constipation and abdominal pain and the infusion made with the leaves and bark is effective in the treatment of fever, toothaches, measles, malaria, general fatigue, diarrhea, dysentery, sore throat, in addition to preventing flu, colds, heart palpitations, hemorrhoids and is an excellent appetite stimulant.
How to consume?
To prepare the tea, use the proportion of two tablespoons of the yellow corner to each liter of water. In a container, add the water and the corner and heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, time it more, approximately ten minutes. After this period, turn off the heat, cover the mixture and let it stand for about ten minutes. The recommended dose for consumption is two to three cups a day.
Contraindications and precautions
Use is contraindicated by pregnant patients, as it can cause unwanted effects on the fetus, and even miscarriage. Furthermore, it should not be consumed by nursing mothers, since quinine is excreted in breast milk – which, despite being in insignificant amounts for the baby, should be avoided. Children should also avoid drinking. In high doses, the consumption of the yellow corner can cause headaches, dizziness, deafness and gastric irritation.