Latin names: Cortex/ramulus cinnamoni cassiae, Cinnamomum cassia
Chinese names: rou gui, gui zhi
What is Cinnamon?
Cinnamon has been a staple of Chinese herbal medicine for thousands of years. It comes from the cassia tree, an evergreen native to Southeast Asia.
What are the health benefits of Cinnamon?
Cinnamon has a myriad of uses in herbal medicine. Generally, it is used as a warming agent, treating all sorts of cold issues, from the common cold to pain that is worsened by cold weather. Cinnamon is also an energizing herb used to treat fatigue and low energy.
The following are just a few of the conditions that cinnamon is used to treat: arterial plaque, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), cold hands and feet, cold, flu, diarrhea, hearing loss, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), incontinence, lumbar pain, low energy, low libido, poor memory, menstrual issues, muscle injury, nausea, ringing in the ears, sciatica, tendonitis, ulcers, as well as varicose and spider veins.
Recent research suggests that cinnamon taken orally can aid insulin’s effectiveness, which is quite significant for diabetics.
Where can I find Cinnamon?
Cinnamon is available in rolled bark sticks, powder, tinctures, and chopped twigs. Cinnamon can be found at any grocery store, online through herb suppliers, at gourmet herb shops, or at the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.
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