Healing effects of cinnamon.

Author:Kramer, Susan W.
Position:Herbal healing
 
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Cinnamon is a brilliant, often overlooked food with great healing qualities. It is widely used in Western and Eastern herbology and in cooking. Most of us have it in our kitchens.

Science tells us that cinnamon is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal food.

Chinese Medicine categorizes cinnamon as a Kidney Yang (warming and drying) tonic that chases cold and damp away. It is great for times when you feel that the cold and damp of fall and winter are getting you down. It is perfect for the person who spends the fall and winter bundling up and wishing for warm weather to return. Combine with ginger for a wonderful and healing tea. Add cardamom and milk and you have Chai tea.

My mother, a Registered Nurse, used to make me cinnamon toast whenever I caught cold. I loved it and believed that it helped me feel better. Based upon its properties, it probably did!

Medicinally, cinnamon is specific for low back pain, nausea, vomiting, arthritis, diarrhea--particularly when they are associated with feeling cold or with cold weather. Cinnamon is specific for colds and flus. Don't worry that it will constipate you; it also is used for constipation. It is a classic astringent: not only does it "dry up" the excess damp of diarrhea and mucus, it also reduces many types of internal bleeding, including lung, intestinal, nasal, urinary, and uterine. It is helpful for candidiasis and for chronic digestive upset. For any of these conditions, the "standard dose," taken three times per day, will provide good relief. As a nutritive herb, an herb that also is used as food, it can be taken for long periods of time.

We have new applications for cinnamon today. My father, several years ago, received chemotherapy for a lymphoma. On chemotherapy, he developed the following symptoms: cold, lower back pain, cold hands and feet, low appetite, and bloating. Dad wanted to try natural products but his oncologist said no to herbs. Was that ever frustrating! But the doctor agreed that Dad could take cinnamon, reasoning that it was "just food." Dad began taking cinnamon capsules, two capsules three times per day. Within 24 hours, Dad's back pain had diminished eighty percent, his hands and feet were no longer cold, his appetite had begun to pick up and his bloating was reduced. Pretty good for "just food."

HOW TO USE IN COOKING:

Cinnamon Toast: Toast bread, spread with butter and spread with honey and cinnamon.

How to use therapeutically: Tea, tincture, capsules. As a tea, add...

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