August 27, 2016

Cassia Cinnamon

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What other names is Cassia Cinnamon known by?

Bastard Cinnamon, Canela de Cassia, Canela de la China, Canela Molida, Canelero Chino, Canelle, Cannelle Bâtarde, Cannelle Cassia, Cannelle de Ceylan, Cannelle de Chine, Cannelle de Cochinchine, Cannelle de Padang, Cannelle de Saigon, Cannelier Casse, Cannelier de Chine, Canton Cassia, Casse, Casse Odorante, Cassia, Cassia Aromaticum, Cassia Bark, Cassia Lignea, Chinazimt, Chinese Cassia, Chinese Cinnamon, Chinesischer Zimtbaum, Cinnamomi Cassiae Cortex, Cinnamomum, Cinnamomum aromaticum, Cinnamomum cassia, Cinnamomum ramulus, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Essential Oil, Cinnamon Flos, Cinnamoni Cortex, Cinnamonomi Cortex, Cortex Cinnamomi, Écorce de Cassia, False Cinnamon, Fausse Cannelle, Gui Zhi, Huile Essentielle de Cannelle, Kassiakanel, Keishi, Laurier des Indes, Nees, Ramulus Cinnamomi, Rou Gui, Saigon Cinnamon, Sthula Tvak, Taja, Zimbluten, Zimtcassie.

What is Cassia Cinnamon?

Cassia cinnamon is a type of cinnamon prepared from the dried inner bark of an evergreen tree that grows in areas of southeastern Asia. In addition to cassia cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum (Ceylon cinnamon) is commonly used. The cinnamon spice found in food stores might contain both of these types of cinnamon. But, the most common cinnamon sold in North America is cassia cinnamon.

People take Cassia cinnamon by mouth for diabetes, gas (flatulence), muscle and stomach spasms, preventing nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, and loss of appetite.

Some people use it for erectile dysfunction (ED), hernia, bed-wetting, joint pain, menopausal symptoms, menstrual problems, and to cause abortions. Cassia cinnamon is also used for chest pain, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, cramps, and cancer.

People apply cassia cinnamon to the skin to repel mosquitos.

In food and beverages, cassia cinnamon is used as a flavoring agent.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diabetes. There is inconsistent evidence on the effectiveness of cassia cinnamon for treating diabetes. Some research shows that taking cassia cinnamon daily for up to 3 months helps control blood sugar and reduces cholesterol and blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes. However, other research shows that it has no effect on these measurements in people with type 2 diabetes. Reasons for the conflicting results are not entirely clear, but may relate to the dose, duration of treatment, severity of diabetes before treatment, or concurrent use of antidiabetes medications during treatment. Cassia cinnamon does not appear to improve blood sugar control and related symptoms in people with type 1 diabetes.
  • Mosquito repellent. Early research suggests that applying cassia cinnamon oil cream to the skin can protect against mosquito bites. But, it seems to decrease in effectiveness faster than creams containing citronella and geranium oils or DEET.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Muscle and stomach spasms.
  • Intestinal gas.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Common cold.
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED).
  • Bed wetting.
  • Joint pain.
  • Menopausal symptoms.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Chest pain.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Kidney problems.
  • Cancer.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cassia cinnamon for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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