Cinchona officinalis, Cinchona calisaya. Peruvian bark. *N. O. Rubiaceae. Tincture of the dried bark.
*Abscess. Alcoholism. *Amblyopia. *Anaemia. Aphthae. Apoplexy. *Appetite, disordered. Asthma. *Back, weakness of. *Bilious attack. Catarrhal affections. Coma. *Constipation. Cough. *Debility. Delirium. *Diarrhoea. Dropsy. Dyspepsia. *Ears, deafness, noises in. *Emissions. Empyema. *Erysipelas. Facial neuralgia. Gall-stone colic. Haemorrhages. Haemorrhoids. *Headache. *Hectic fever. *Hip joint disease. Ichthyosis. Impotence. Influenza. *Intermittent fever. *Jaundice. *Labour. *Lactation. Leucorrhoea. *Lienteria. *Liver, diseases of, cirrhosis of. *Meniere’s disease. *Menstruation, disordered. Mercury, effects of. *Muscae volitantes. *Neuralgia. *Peritonitis. *Perspiration, excessive. *Pleurisy. Prosopalgia. Psoriasis. *Pylorus, disease of. Rheumatism. *Self-abuse. Sleep, disordered. *Spermatorrhea. Spleen, affections of. Suffocation, fits of. *Taste, disordered. *Tea, effects of. *Thirst. Tinnitus. *Tobacco habit. *Traumatic fever. Tympanitis. Varicose veins. Vertigo.
*Kina is the Peruvian name for “bark,” and “Kina-Kina”, is the “Bark of barks.” The story of its introduction into European medical practice is one of the romances of the Healing Art, as the story of its frightful abuse is one of its many tragedies. “According to Humboldt,” writes Teste, “about 500,000 pounds of this bark are annually exported to Europe for the purpose of being converted into sulphate of quinine.” Well may Teste add the exclamation. “Poor patients!” As with almost every other good thing that comes into its hands, allopathy has contrived to do an infinity of harm with quinine to make up for the good. Some forms of intermittent fever it will cure, if too much of it is not given, others it will suppress or change from intermittent to continuous. The result of suppression is thus sketched by Hahnemann’s master-hand: “True, he (the patient) can no longer complain that the paroxysms of his original disease occurs any more on regular days and at regular hours, but behold his livid earthy complexion, his bloated countenance, his languishing looks! Behold how difficult it is for him to breathe, see his hard and distended abdomen the swelling of the hypochondria, see how his stomach is oppressed and pained by everything he eats, how his appetite is diminished, how his taste is altered, how loose his bowels are, and how unnatural and contrary to what they should be, how his sleep is restless, unrefreshing, and full of dreams. Behold him weak, out of humour and prostrated, his sensibility morbidly excited, his intellectual faculties weakened, how much more does he suffer than when he was a prey to his fever!” (*M.M.P.) The number of patients who have been consigned to an early grave by quinine probably falls short only of the number that mercury can claim. When first introduced it was (as chloral and hundreds of other poisons have been since) declared on the highest authority to be incapable of harm “in whatever dose it may be taken.” It is only at the end of the nineteenth century that some allopathists are discovering that it is more deadly than the deadliest West African fevers. Every homoeopath knows from experience how true is Hahnemann’s picture of quinine effects from the victims of it he has been called upon to treat.
*China is placed by Teste in the *Ferrum. group with *Plumb., *Phosphorus, *Carb-an., *Pulsatilla, *Zinc, and others, which “have the property of remaking the altered blood, or increasing for the time being, in a healthy person, the relative amount of hematin, globulin, fibrin, etc.,” but also, “after a certain lapse of time, they produce opposite results_impoverishment, discolouration, and liquefaction of the blood. From this antagonism arise their characteristic effects: Short-lasting, sanguineous congestions (primary effect). and later, discolouration of tissues, Fulness of veins, torpor of all functions, dryness of mucous membranes, mucous or purulent discharges, engorgement of the glands which are immediately connected with the circulatory apparatus, as spleen and liver, passive Haemorrhages, inertia of involuntary muscles (bowels, uterus), oedema, atonic ulcers, etc.’ finally, more or less obstinate nervous disorders, from derangement of sympathetic rather than the cerebrospinal axis.” And it is in cases presenting just such phenomena as these, that *China proves its greatest efficacy, as Hahnemann was the first to point out. The glory of Hahnemann and the interest of homoeopathists are inseparably bound up with the history of this drug. It was the first medicine Hahnemann proved, and the one that opened up to his mind the idea of homoeopathy. *Cinchona Bark was to Hahnemann what the falling was to Newton, & the swinging lamp to Gallileo. Dissatisfied with the explanations of the action of Bark in curing ague that were current in his time, Hahnemann took the powdered Bark himself, being in health, and lo! an ague attack ensured. A repetition of the experiment produced the same result. Further experiments revealed that action of Bark which is the opposite of “tonic”_positively debilitating, in fact_already referred to.