|Scientific:||Cinnamomum verum or C. zyelamicum|
• colicky diarrhea
• children's diarrhea
• irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• diabetes mellitus type 2
Musculoskeletal (topical application)
• rheumatoid arthritis
• poor circulation
• chilblains (topical application)
- respiratory infections (colds, influenza)
• fungal infections (topical application)
- tinea (topical application)
- candida (topical application)
• excess uterine bleeding
- post-partum hemorrhage
• Essential oils
• Tincture: 2-4 ml tid
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 70% EtOH): 0.5-1 ml tid
• Infusion (dried herb): 0.5-1 g tid
Hepatotoxicity - Cinnamomum verum (syn. C. zyelamicum) is considered "true cinnamon and is generally considered safe when used as indicated. However, Cinnamomum cassia is the cheaper variety that is often used in the food and supplement industry. C. cassia has similar indications but is higher in coumarin, which is hepatotoxic in high amounts. C. cassia is not recommended in high amounts for extended periods of time.
Pregnancy: No known risks in pregnancy. May possess abortifacient properties, however, no cases have been reported.
High doses: Not advised.
Long-term use: Not advised.
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