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The Medicinal Uses of Cinnamon

Updated on September 8, 2012

Introduction

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices to be used for its culinary and health benefits.The name cinnamon comes form a Greek word meaning "sweet wood." One of the earliest recorded users of this spice were the Egyptians. Records show they used this spice for medicinal, culinary and the embalming process as far back as 2000 BC.This spice was known in medieval Europe too; In addition to its medical uses, it was used as a staple ingredient in many meals.

There are different types of cinnamon in the world. In European countries, they prefer to use "True cinnamon" (also called "Sri Lanka cinnamon"); most of what we consume here in the United States is the less expensive type called "Cassia." Besides its culinary benefits, cinnamon is believed to help with a variety of aliments such as the following:

  • nausea
  • colds
  • diarrhea
  • flatulence
  • Indigestion
  • vomiting
  • menstruation

Medicinal Uses

Diabetes is a growing problem and cinnamon(cassa) is known to help. In research findings on cassa over a forty day period, the blood glucose levels of test subjects were lowered when they were given half a tea spoon a day; this was done not by lowering glucose levels, but by lowering their insulin tolerance. The substance in cinnamon(cassa) that makes this possible is called polyphenolic polymers. Also, the findings noted cholesterol was reduced by 18 percent and blood sugar by twenty-four percent; this in turn helps with weight loss. In addition to blood glucose levels, cinnamon helps with the following:

  • the oil form helps in the treatment of blood pressure, lice and rheumatism.
  • Is believed to help increase brain activity and is believed to help with nervous tension and memory loss. According to researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University when test subjects were given cinnamon, their cognitive scores increased.
  • helps to reduce the spread of some cancer cells. Study was performed by US Dept. Agriculture
  • Helps in removing blood impurities.
  • Aids in the circulation of blood due to its blood thinning properties.
  • Is anti-inflammatory helping to remove the stiffness of muscles and joints.

Safety Concerns

  • If you are under the care of a doctor taking diabetic medication, please consult with your physician before taking cinnimon. Depending on your condition, taking medications with cinnamon could cause your blood sugar to bottom out.
  • Cassa, has a substance called coumarin. At high dosage levels, it has a blood thinning effect and could damage the liver.
  • Cinnamon is also available in a concentrated oil. Please be careful when using this. Some oils are not intended for oral consumption.
  • If you are pregnant, have a bleeding disorder or will have surgery in two weeks, please do not take cinnamon.

Conclusion

Weather you want to take cinnamon for its antioxidant benefits, nausea or diabetic concerns, it’s much more desirable to take natural supplements instead of prescription drugs with their associated side affects. Always consult with your physician before making changes to your medications or taking cinnamon as a supplement.

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    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Wwolfs - Thank you for your comments :)

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      wwolfs 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting information. This spice seems to have many health benefits and one that should be used. Thank you for sharing this information. Nice hub.

      Voted up and useful!

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      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @dali48 - I'm Glad you like the article :)

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      Wolfgang G. Greiner 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you Coolmon2009, for your Hub about cinnamon - I'm used to add it to hot chocolate, coffee, apple pie, etc...

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @teacherjoe52 - Thanks you for your comments and its nice to meet you :)

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      teacherjoe52 

      6 years ago

      Very good article and informative.

      I love to put a dash on eggs or chicken.

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @RTalloni - Thanks I am glad you like the article :)

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      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for a good, balanced look at using cinnamon medicinally.

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @prasetio30 - I hope she finds the information useful. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love cinnamon and you share something useful for us. I'll show this hub to my mom. Thank you very much. Rated up!

      Prasetio

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @leann2800 - Thanks for your feedback and I am glad you find this article useful :)

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      leann2800 

      6 years ago

      This is a very useful hub. I am glad you included the different kinds of cinnamon in your hub.

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Peggy W - Glad you like the hub and thanks for your feedback :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have heard some good things about using cinnamon prior to reading this hub. The nice thing is that it tastes good. So if it also has the health benefits...great! Thanks for this useful information.

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @PWalker281 - I hope it works out for you, thanks for the update on your cinnamon intake :)

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      I started sprinkling cinnamon on sweet potatoes and some other food a few days ago. I decided I'd start with a few sprinkles per meal instead of a half tsp. to see how my body reacts to it and then add more. Plus this Saigon cinnamon I found at the grocery store is extremely rich and potent.

      I've noticed some (clear) mucous in the morning when I get up (and it's not due to dairy, a typical cause of mucous build up in me because I haven't had any). Don't know if this is a "cleansing" response, but I'm definitely enjoying the taste, so I'll keep using it. And once I blow my nose, there's no more mucous for the rest of the day, so I'm leaning toward a cleansing response.

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @laurathegentleman - Sure you can..long as you don't over do it.. Thanks for your feedback :)

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      laurathegentleman 

      6 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Does this mean I have an excuse now to douse all my food in cinnamon?! :)

      Thanks for such a useful and interesting hub!

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @tarajeyaram - Glad you liked it; thanks for your comments :)

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      tarajeyaram 

      6 years ago from Wonderland

      Wonderful article. You illustrated the points very clearly. I have cinnamon with oats...mmmm. Like you said people with diabetes and are already on prescription drugs must check with their doctors. Great hub!

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Nell Rose - Yes it is interesting, Hubpages is quite the resource for a variety of topics; as usual, thanks for your feedback :)

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, I didn't realise that Cinnamon had so many uses, its not one of those foods that I would have taken any notice of before, thanks for the great info, its amazing what you learn on Hubpages! rated up! cheers nell

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @river55 - You are correct, it is. Thanks for your feedback :)

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Debby Bruck - Thanks, I am glad you found my article interesting :)

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      river55 

      6 years ago

      cinnamon is useful for health,and its taste very delicious especially with tea ore cake.

      thankyou

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Hello Coolmon ~ Years ago I purchased veggie capsules and used to fill them with cinnamon for exactly these benefits. Blessings, Debby [interesting]

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @PWalker281 - Yes I agree Justom is on to something using cinnamon on a regular basis with his meals. Thank you for commenting on this article and I hope it works out OK for you too :)

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      I had no idea cinnamon had so many health benefits. I'm going to have to start using it more regularly, at least, like justom, put it in my oatmeal and sweet potatoes. Thanks for sharing this interesting and useful info. Rated up!

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Sandyspider - Thanks for your comments, hope all in well in your world :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I have heard more and more of how remarkable cinnamon is.

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @dahoglund - I know what you mean. Many of these spices and herbs have remarkable healing properties. Also, its nice to hear from you again :)

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      justom - Sounds like you have some good eating habits in place already. I hope this article will encourage you to continue. Also, nice to hear from you too :)

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Very interesting. I didn't know that cinnamon had so many uses.

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      justom 

      6 years ago from 41042

      Good hub, I use it every day in my oatmeal and also love it on sweet potatoes and french toast. The small quantity thing kind of depends though, especially in the oatmeal. Peace!! Tom

    • Coolmon2009 profile imageAUTHOR

      Coolmon2009 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      @dinkan53 - Yes you are right take it in small quantities, Thanks for your feedback on this article

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      dinkan53 

      6 years ago from India

      The greatest thing of nature is that you can find the healing agents even in kitchen. thanks for writing the benefits of cinnamon. the regular use of cinnamon in small quantities can do wonders as per studies. rated up.

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