Q. What is Cryptolepis?
A. Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta (Ghana Quinine) is a root found in tropical west Africa—in Ghana on the slopes of the Akwapim and Kwahu mountain ranges. It is used in traditional African medicine to treat fevers, urinary tract infections, thrush, and malaria.
Q. Why is the extract Brown/Yellow?
A. The interior portions of the root have a yellow pulp that becomes a dark brown upon extraction—be careful, it can stain countertops and clothing.
Q. Why does the extract taste so bitter?
A: Since C. Sanguinolenta is a root, the extraction intensifies the concentration of soluble material making the taste very “earthy” and fairly bitter—we mask the taste with peppermint— it does not change the chemistry of the original preparation
Q. Why isn't the extract clear?
A. The preparation of the root involves the maceration (crushing) of the root to powder and there are very small particles made during this process—macro filtration gets the larger particles but, much like orange juice with the pulp, the extract contains a little micro filtrate, this in no way compromises its effectiveness
Q. Why does the extract contain alcohol?
A. Extractions are based on what the main ingredient in the herbal is soluble in—in this case the most important part of the root is most soluble in alcohol
Q. What is the main ingredient?
A. Most research points to a compound called cyrptolepine—please see the bibliography to look up more information
Q. Who does the Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta come from?
A. The same vendor that supplies our pharmaceutical grade raw materials, for instance they also provide the alcohol, USP and the natural glycerin, USP (United States Pharmacopeia).
Q. Why does it take so long to make?
A. The process takes time mostly due to the extraction process and decanting—it takes about 24 hours to properly macerate the product and then another 72 hours to do the extraction and decant the liquid, in addition there are checks along the way to make sure the correct volumes and weights of the raw materials are being used.
Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta (Ghana Quinine)
Boye, G. L., and Ampofo, O. (1983). Proceedings of the First International Symposium on cyrptolepine. Abstract No. 4. University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Traditional Medicinal Plants and Malaria –Merlin Wilcox, Phlippe Rasoanaivo, and Gerald Bodeker, CRC Press 2004
African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology Vol. 3(9). Pp. 476-480, Sept,2009 In vitro antimicrobial activity of Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta. Felix c. Mills-Robertson, et al.