The Oldest and One of the Most Reliable Treatments for Malaria Is Derived from a South American Tree

luUntil the 1940s, the drug of choice against malaria was also the first antimalarial drug ever developed: quinine.

Until 2006, the World Health Organization continued to recommend it as a first-line treatment, and to this day, quinine is still used to treat malaria when other drugs have failed or are unavailable. It is a chemical produced only in the bark of the quinine tree (Cinchona ledgeriana).

In contrast with many other medicines initially derived from plants, Continue reading