FUN FACTS

BNCinnamomum verum  AKA  Ceylon cinnamon, true cinnamon.  A related species, BN:  Cinnamomum cassia AKA Cassia, Chinese cinnamon 肉桂 (ròuguì), Indian cinnamon, is what's commonly sold in the United States.   Ceylon cinnamon is harder to come by, more expensive, and most of it is produced out of Ceylon, Sri Lanka.  The bark of the cinnamon tree(cinnamomum zeylanicum) is what is used to make cinnamon.  Ceylon cinnamon is easily found online or in specialty stores.

CONSTITUENTS

The benefits listed here refers to Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum).  The chemical compound, cinnamaldehyde provides the scent and flavor.

USES/BENEFITS

(Disclaimer) Both types of Cinnamon seem to have similar health benefits.  The key difference is their amount of coumarin.  If cinnamon is used only for cooking or flavor on top of coffee now and then, Cassia is commonly available and inexpensive.  If cinnamon is used as a daily supplement, then the recommendation seems to be for Ceylon. Both are antimicrobial and antiparasitic, lowers blood glucose, improve memory/Alzheimer’s disease, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and free-radical scavenging.

Ceylon

(Trees for sale)

♦ Contains .004% coumarin

♦ reduce blood sugar spikes, increase insulin sensitivity,  diabetes

♦ milder taste

♦ lighter brown color

♦ blocks tau buildup - part of Alzheimer's disease

Cassia

(Trees for Sale)

♦ Contains 1% coumarin (blood thinner), toxic at 2 teaspoon or more daily.

♦ Reduces blood sugar spikes, increase insulin sensitivity, benefiting diabetes

♦ Stronger flavor (95% of its oil is cinnamaldehyde)

♦ Dark brown color

♦ blocks tau buildup - part of Alzheimer's disease

PRODUCTS 

Below are product samples.  You can find most of them at Walmart.com or Amazon.  Search the web for the product name and you should find multiple options.  Because cinnamon is most often used as a flavor, you can find cinnamon in many variations —from ice cream, maple syrup, candles, to shampoo.  For that purpose, I've focused only on products that are entirely cinnamon.

Reminder: Ceylon is the cinnamon of choice if it is used as a daily supplement because of Cassia cinnamon's con coumarin content.

GROWING

Cinnamon grown in greenhouse.

Harvesting Indian cinnamon

TCM NOTES

This information is for education purposes only.  Seek the advice of your physician before taking any home remedies, herbs, or supplements.

PropertiesTreatmentsUsageCautionsFormulas
Temp Taste Ent. Meridians Photo
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Name

肉桂

ròuguì

sweet
pungent

kidney
heart
liver
spleen

Action

disperses cold
tonifies blood
relieves pain

Indications/Issues Description / Symptoms Usefulness(1-10)
Diabetes   High Blood Sugar  ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦

 

Actions Actions Actions
 Disperses Cold Relieves Pain
 Tonifies Blood

DOSAGE information found online

Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.

 

PARTS USED

• Bark

***Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.***

Contraindications
  • Do not use during pregnancy
  • Yin deficiency and heat
  • Internal excess heat
  • Coughing with a sore throat
Drugs Interactions

Cassia cinnamon has a high amount of courmarin.  Courmarin is an anti-coagulant and is often used to treat hypertension and other illness related to blood - tonifies blood.

Wafarin is a pharmaceutical drug that is a derivative of coumarin.  It is used as a highly effective anti-coagulant to prevent blood clots that can result in heart attacks.

Herb Interactions

Xiang Fan/ Incompatibility:

Xiang Wei/ Counteraction:

Xiang Sha/ Suppression:

Xiang Wu / Antagonism:

Xiang Xu/ Accentuation:

Xiang Shi/ Enhancement:

The roots of this herb is an ingredient in the following formulas:

EDITOR NOTES

I was completely unaware that there were two different types of cinnamon and that one should not be used as a daily supplement.  I've used cinnamon powder in my coffee, french toast, cinnamon roll, and even ice cream.  I had purchased a bag of cinnamon sticks from HEB Grocery store and have used it in my winter concoction.  Unless it's marked as Ceylon, it's most likely cassia.  I don't take cinnamon as a supplement, but I do enjoy putting cinnamon sticks in my teas.  I'll need to purchase a bag of Ceylon cinnamon sticks going forward.

 

REFERENCES

This information in this post came from many sources, including class notes, practitioners, websites, webinars, books, magazines, and editor's personal experience.   Always consult a doctor prior to using herbal medicine.  The information here is strictly for educational purposes.

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