Quinine is an crystalline alkaloid that has properties which can help reduce fever, pain and inflammatory. It is also used as a muscle relaxant. Historically, the bark from the Cinchona tree would have been grounded and taken with sweetened water to produce the same effects.
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Catechin is a type of antioxidant and can be found in chocolate, red wine, tea and apples. The organic compound is found in the Acacia catechu plant and is used to help reduce major health problems that include strokes, heart failures, diabetes and cancer.
Betulinic acid has antiretroviral, antimalarial and anti-inflammatory properties and more recently, an anticancer property has been discovered. It is used to help restrain the growth of the tumour and several cancer cells.
Betulinic acid is found in a variety of plants, however Betula pubescens is the main plant and is extracted from its bark.
Pseudoephedrine is used to treat nasal and sinus congestion and the salts used in this drug can be found in over the counter medicines including paracetamol and antihistamines. The alkaloids found in the Ephedra plant are used in this medicine.
Glaucarubin is used to treat cancer growth or tumours caused by uncontrollable or abnormal cell division, which can spread through other parts of the body through the blood stream. The organic chemical used in the medicine is found in the tropical plant, Simarouba glauca.
Lapochol has been seen as a treatment for cancer, however its potential is now low due to its toxic side effects. The compound is natural and found in the wood of the Handroanthus impetiginosus, commonly known as the Lapacho tree and is a yellow, skin-irritating powder.
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The Poison Diaries - SHORT STORIES Ch .3 Harbour Tales
Taken from the last of the Poison Diaries short stories ‘Harbour Tales’.