May 12, 2013

Quinine


We often hear that ‘the rainforest is the world’s pharmacy’, but how many drugs can you name that are from the rainforest? Here’s an easy one – Quinine. The malaria treating drug, also found in low quantities in tonic, comes from the bark of the ‘cinchona’ tree and was discovered by the Quechua people of Peru and Bolivia and later brought to Europe by the Jesuits.

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