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    Also indexed as:Cinnamomum zeylanicum
    Cinnamon: Main Image© Steven Foster
    Botanical names:
    Cinnamomum zeylanicum

    Parts Used & Where Grown

    Most people are familiar with the sweet but pungent taste of the oil, powder, or sticks of bark from the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon trees grow in a number of tropical areas, including parts of India, China, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Caribbean.

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    • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

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    This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

    Used for AmountWhy
    Type 2 Diabetes
    1 to 6 grams daily2 stars[2 stars]
    Cinnamon may improve glucose utilization in people with type 2 diabetes.
    Colic
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Cinnamon is a gas-relieving herb used in traditional medicine to treat colic. It is generally given by healthcare professionals as teas or decoctions to the infant.
    Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Cinnamon is a gas-relieving herb that may be helpful in calming an upset stomach.
    Menorrhagia
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Cinnamon has been used historically for the treatment of various menstrual disorders, including heavy menstruation.
    Yeast Infection
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    The essential oil of cinnamon contains various chemicals that are believed to be responsible for cinnamon’s antifungal effects.

    Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

    Cinnamon is an ancient herbal medicine mentioned in Chinese texts as long ago as 4,000 years. It has a broad range of historical uses in different cultures, including the treatment of diarrhea, rheumatism, and certain menstrual disorders.1

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