The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Cinchona calisaya

Common Names and Synonyms: Jesuit's Powder, Yellow Cinchona

Background: Native to the tropical valleys of the Andes from Columbia to Bolivia, the bark of the cinchona calisaya is the source of quinine, a standard treatment for malaria. (See also Peruvian Bark.)  Calisaya is the most important evergreen of the cinchona genus, encompassing forty species of evergreens, because calisaya  has the highest quinine content.  Although  native to the South American Andes,  Calisaya trees are cultivated on plantations, mainly in Java for their commercial value.  After ten years of growth, trees are felled and stripped of the yellow bark, roots, and branches.   Some 70 to 80 per cent of the total alkaloids found in the cultivated tree bark is quina (quinine).  The reddish-brown powder is also known as Jesuit's Bark.

Calisaya  in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce primarily recommended calisaya as a blood purifier and aid to digestion.
  • Calisaya (Cinchona calisaya) was mentioned in over 300 readings between 1921 and 1945.  The calisaya variety of cinchona may have also been intended in additional readings in which other names were used: Chincona (13 readings) and Chinco (13 readings).  (See also Peruvian Bark - Cinchona succirubra.)
  • Calisaya was typically recommended as either an elixir or as bark:
      Elixir of Calisaya 263 readings
      Calisaya Bark  68 readings
  • Dosages for calisaya varied as follows:
    • Calisaya Bark

       2 ounces 32 readings
      1 ounce 27 readings
      1/2 ounce 5 readings
      1 1/2 ounce 1 reading
      1/4 ounce 1 reading
    • Calisaya Elixir

      1/2 ounce 112 readings
      1 ounce 38 readings
      2 ounce 38 readings
      1/4 ounce  28 readings
      4 ounces 23 readings
      3 ounces 7 readings
      1 1/2 ounces 8 readings
      1 dram  1 reading
      2 drams 2 readings
      40 mimims 1 reading
  • Calisaya was typically recommended with other substances in a compound, never by itself.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances mentioned in the same readings with calisaya were as follows:
      Valerian 171 readings
      Potassium Iodide 161 readings
      Capsicum 159 readings
      Potassium Bromide 139 readings
      Sarsaparilla 134 readings
      Wild Cherry 123 readings
      Tolu 122 readings
      Stillingia  111 readings
      Yellow Dock 87 readings
      Sassafras 72 readings
Cayce Quotes on Calisaya

    Assist in the elimination by the Dogwood and Calisaya, which will affect directly that of the pancreas and the upper digestive forces ...

    The Calisaya as a clarifier for the blood supply, and PRODUCING in the digestive system an easier assimilation.  Because it tastes bad, don't leave it off at times - it's bitter!

    In those of the Calisaya, we find as a stimuli to the circulation, a cleansing, a giving of strength to those of the nerves that govern the circulation as related to the red blood supply.

    Stillingia - an active force in the functioning of the liver, as related to the pancreas, and IS a stimuli TO same, as is the Calisaya, and ESPECIALLY the Calisaya with Peruvian Bark SYRUP will aid in destroying that tendency of WEAKNESS in the distribution of that assimilated

    Calisaya - a purifier in the blood forces, and to stimulate the activities of those overactions in the blood to become centralized - or the accumulations in the blood itself; for this acts with the corpuscles and hemoglobin of that assimilated.

... Calisaya is given in the system, which acts as the cleanser for the blood ...

(Q)  What is the condition of the spleen?
(A)  Taxed through the strain mentally and through the nerve system general.  The Stillingia and Calisaya, especially, for the liver and spleen.

(While the Elixir of Calisaya makes the compound very bitter, it will add to the system - in these combinations - the tendency for the blood supply, through the circulatory forces and the assimilation through the lacteal ducts, to prevent the inflammation that arises through separation of cellular forces in blood stream.)


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