Learn how to use these herbs from Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.
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Beyond its traditional use as a spice, cinnamon has a long history in ayurvedic medicine. It's warming, so it's good for colds, congestion, and high cholesterol. Cinnamon is a traditional remedy for digestive problems like nausea and diarrhea. Recent research has confirmed cinnamon's anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities, and it had been shown to kill salmonella, a type of bacteria that causes food poisoning.
In one study, diabetics were given a placebo or cinnamon (up to 6 grams per day). After 40 days, the placebo group showed no change in cholesterol, but the cinnamon group saw their cholesterol drop 12 percent to 26 percent. They also lowered blood sugar levels by 18 percent to 29 percent, raising the possibility that cinnamon can help treat or even prevent diabetes.
Dose: 0.5 to 1 gram of powdered bark in tea three times a day; in liquid extract, 0.5 mL three times daily. This tasty spice is easily added to foods other than toast, oatmeal, and cookies. There are no significant side effects.