The Cinnamon Bark and Cassia Twig, two pure-Yang herbs from the Cinnamomum zeylanicum or Cinnamomum cassia, history and stories,and modern applications.
- Botanical Information of Cinnamomum Cassia Presl.
- Botanical Description of the Cinnamomum Cassia Presl and its varieties.
- Phytochemicals and Constituents of Cassia Twig and Cinnamon.
- Premodern Statements and Brief History about Cassia Twig and Cinnamon Bark.
- Cassia Twig and Cinnamon Bark:Functions,Applications and Common Indications.
- Cassia Twig and Cinnamon Bark:Modern Popular Uses,Findings and Cosmetic Uses.
Applications and Properties:
Improve digestive system.
Stimulant:warming effect on the body.
Prevent infection by killing decay.
Oral hygiene products material.
Control blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Reputation as an aphrodisiac.
Kill many disease-causing fungi and viruses.
Relieve Colds and Flu.
Protective effects against myocardial ischemia/re-perfusion damages/Cardiac Effects.
Treating viral polymyositis.
Inhibitory effects on bacterial plaques.
Expel the evils in muscles By means of diaphoresis,
Dissipate cold and resolve the exterior,
Warm meridians and free vessels,
Support Yang and transform Qi
Tonifying fire and helping yang,
Let the fire back to its origin,
Eliminating cold to stop pain(dissipate cold and relieve pain),
Activating blood to promote menstruation.
Modern herbalists and scientists found various useful properties of the herb Cassia Twig and Cinnamon Bark and other parts, some of them are known including:help digestion, breaking down fats, stimulating gastrointestinal tract movement, boost carminative and astringent properties, stimulates salivation, antidiarrheic actions, cinnamon essential oil kill disease-causing microbes and fungi which could be used in mouthwashes and kinds of toothpaste, bark extract suppress growth of common infection causing organisms such as Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus, eugenol show anesthetic properties, cinnamon flower preparation used as blood purifier, cassia lower blood pressure and show sedative effects, cinnamaldehyde show antibacterial, fungistatic, improve immune resistance, promote motility, inhibit ulcers, and on digestive tract, etc.
Common herbal classics noted the herb Cassia Twig(Gui Zhi) taste hot sweet,nature warm,enter into heart,lung,gallbladder meridians.The herb Cinnamon Bark(Rou Gui) taste hot, sweet, nature great heat. Enter into kidney, spleen, heart, liver meridians.
Safety and Toxicity:
Safety: Cinnamon is generally safe to use in medicinal concentrations, although allergic skin and mucous membrane reactions are always a possibility and a particularly high risk with cinnamon-flower preparations. These are reports of people experiencing allergic reactions to cinnamon in chewing gums, and of asthma and dermatitis symptoms such as skin itching and irritation developing in spice factory workers and others who have frequent and heavy contact with the cinnamon powder. If you take very large doses of cinnamon bark, you risk developing unpleasant symptoms such as a fast heartbeat and increased breathing, sweating, and intestinal function, ultimately followed by sedation and other signs of central nervous system slowdown. Moderate amounts of cinnamon oil may cause the same reaction. Health authorities warn that pregnant women and people with stomach or intestinal ulcers should avoid medicinal concentrations of cinnamon. People who are allergic to cinnamon or even balsam of Peru should probably avoid it altogether.Avoid ingesting cinnamon oil, which is highly concentrated; it can cause nausea, vomiting, and even kidney damage in certain cases. Sometimes applying it to the skin causes redness and burning sensations.
Toxicity: LD50 (mice/herb decoction/oral):624.7mg/kg (administered during day), and 773.6mg/kg (administered at night).
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