May 26, 2016

Cinnamon Bark

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What other names is Cinnamon Bark known by?

Batavia Cassia, Batavia Cinnamon, Cannelier de Ceylan, Cannelle de Ceylan, Cannelle de Saïgon, Cannelle du Sri Lanka, Ceylon Cinnamon, Ceylonzimt, Ceylonzimtbaum, Cinnamomum verum, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Corteza de Canela, Dalchini, Écorce de Cannelle, Laurus cinnamomum, Madagascar Cinnamon, Padang-Cassia, Panang Cinnamon, Saigon Cassia, Saigon Cinnamon, Sri Lanka Cinnamon, Thwak, Tvak.

What is Cinnamon Bark?

Cinnamon comes from a tree. People use the bark to make medicine.

Cinnamon bark is used for gastrointestinal (GI) upset, diarrhea, and gas. It is also used for stimulating appetite; for infections caused by bacteria and parasitic worms; and for menstrual cramps, the common cold, and the flu (influenza).

Cinnamon bark, as part of a multi-ingredient preparation, is applied to the penis for premature ejaculation.

In foods, cinnamon is used as a spice and as a flavoring agent in beverages.

In manufacturing, cinnamon oil is used in small amounts in toothpaste, mouthwashes, gargles, lotions, liniments, soaps, detergents, and other pharmaceutical products and cosmetics.

There are lots of different types of cinnamon. Cinnamomum verum (Ceylon cinnamon) and Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon) are commonly used. In many cases, the cinnamon spice purchased in food stores contains a combination of these different types of cinnamon. See the separate listing for Cassia Cinnamon.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Premature ejaculation. Some evidence suggests that a specific cream containing cinnamon and many other ingredients might prevent premature ejaculation.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Research suggests that taking a specific product (ClearGuard Access Business Group, LLC) that contains cinnamon bark extract, acerola fruit concentrate, and powdered Spanish needles can reduce hay fever symptoms and people with seasonal allergies.
  • Yeast infection (candidiasis). Early research suggests that taking lozenges containing cinnamon bark for one week might improve yeast infections in the mouth, a condition also known as thrush, in some people with HIV.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Early research suggests that consuming a formula containing cinnamon bark, bilberry, slippery elm bark, and agrimony twice daily for 3weeks can increase bowel movements and reduce stomach pain, bloating and straining in people with IBS.
  • Food poisoning (Salmonella infection). Consuming cinnamon bark might help treat a salmonella infection.
  • Diabetes.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Infections.
  • Worm infestations.
  • Common cold.
  • Influenza.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Gas (flatulence).
  • Spasms.
  • Appetite stimulation.
  • Menstrual discomfort.
More evidence is needed to rate cinnamon bark 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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