At first, the “countess’ powder” was ignorated by doctors, until the XVIIth century when Charles II° was treated with it as well.
China has since been used widely to produce herb liqueurs and other liqueurs: during the colonial occupancy in India, English people used to add it to water to prevent Malaria. That's how tonic water, still consumed nowadays, was born.
Quina bark is prescribed in pharmacy as tonic, digestive stimulant and to reduce temperature.
It is also used to treat anemia, indigestion, stomach disorders and lack of appetite.
Finally, it helps fighting fatigue as well.
Infusing China Calisaya bark in both alcool and sugar gives origin to a tonifying liqueur featuring a spicy aroma and a coffee-, caramel- and spice-like (cinnamon and nutmeg) flavour.