Information on Peruvian Bark

Latin NameCinchona succiruba
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsTincture, homeopathic tablet.
AffectsDigestive system, Nervous system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsThe alkaloid quinine that occurs in this plant is toxic in large amounts. Do not exceed recommended dose without advice from an experienced herbalist.
Botanical InfoA large tree with rough, brown bark and ovate-lanceolate leathery leaves from the Coffee family. The flowers are about 4 inches long and deep pink.
DescriptionPeruvian bark is the source of the alkaloid quinine, the drug that revolutionized the treatment of malaria . Vast quantities were harvested from South America and sold all over the world in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.
Peruvian bark is an extremely bitter herb which also benefits the appetite and the digestion. It is good for anemia, leg cramps, dysentery, and fevers. Peruvian bark has anti-inflammatory properties and is used for the pain of rheumatism.

Peruvian Bark has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.


Tincture10-60 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Peruvian Bark

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Anorexiabitter digestivetincture
Leg crampscirculatory tonictincture, homeopathic tablet
Rheumatism, chronicanti-inflammatorytincture
Bowel dysbiosisantiparasitic, digestive stimulanttincture


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