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Cinnamon

Posted May 23 2011 2:19pm

Cinnamon

In Chinese Medicine, the characteristics of cinnamon is marked as one of the key herbs when treating chronic ailments related to cold (Interestingly, in this NY Times article , cinnamon is medically claimed to kill bacteria). When cooking, we can notice how recipes never used cinnamon in abundance, nor is it incorporated in spring and summer dishes- such as salads. Why? Reading below, you’ll understand why our grandmas’ recipes only calls for cinnamon during winter dishes or baking hearty desserts. This is a great example of interweaving healing with food and medicine.

Characteristic

Hot

Taste

Pungent and Sweet

Medicinal Properties

  1. Warming, circulating, releasing cold: feeling of coldness with arthritis, lower back pain, chronic stomach ache, and menstrual cramps.
  2. Stoking and containing warmth: chronic diarrhea, premature ejaculation, cold limbs, and frequent urination at night: nocturia.

Traditional Uses in Chinese Medicine

  1. Musculoskeletal pain that worsen with cold: add half a stick of cinnamon into your favorite winter lamb stew recipe, eat a small bowl once a day, until symptoms subsides.
  2. Chronic diarrhea, stomach cramp, cold limbs, premature ejaculation, frequent urination: 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder into warm water (or your favorite fruit tea), drink 2 times a day, until symptoms subsides.
  3. Menstrual cramp: boil 2 cups of water with a small handful of hawthorn berries and 1 tbsp of dark brown sugar for 10 minutes; take off stove and mix in 1 tsp of cinnamon powder; dilute it to your liking and drink it twice a day.

*Because of its hot characteristic, consumptions are suggested during cold weather, or when feeling cold. Consult a chinese practitioner before using it in adolescent and babies (in Chinese Medicine, we view babies and adolescents as an abundance of  yang ), or when pregnant.




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