Beyond its use in cooking, cinnamon is believed to have medicinal properties. Alternative practitioners believe that cinnamon can lower blood sugar, treat superficial fungal infections, and reduce inflammation and pain.
For centuries, cinnamon has been used in traditional medicine as well. In Chinese medicine, Cassia cinnamon is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It is also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation, particularly in people with cold feet.
In Ayurvedic medicine, cinnamon is used as a remedy for diabetes, indigestion, and colds, and can help balance a person’s kapha (physical and emotional energies). It is also a common ingredient in chai tea and cinnamon tea, both of which are believed to improve digestion.
Among the conditions cinnamon is believed to treat are:
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Metabolic syndrome
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Yeast infections (candidiasis)
• Oral infections
• Common cold
• Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)