Cinnamon (Herbs/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:Cinnamon Cassia, batavia cassia, more...batavia cinnamon, cassia aromaticum, Ceylon cinnamon, Chinese cinnamon, cinnamomum sp, padang cassia, panang cinnamon, Saigon cassia, Saigon cinnamon
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Suggested Dosing

Diabetes Type 1 & 2

1-6 grams (1 teaspoon = 4.75 grams) of cassia cinnamon PO qD for up to 4 months

Dried Bark

2-6 g/d PO

Tincture

3-7 mL PO TID

Essential Oil

0.05-0.2 mL/d

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Suggested Uses

Diabetes, GI antispasmodic/antiflatulent, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea

Cold, influenza, general antimicrobial (essential oil)

Efficacy

Placebo-controlled human trial demonstrated decr blood glucose, triglycerides, LDL, total cholesterol in type 2 diabetes (dose-dependent: 6 g/d most effective)

Possibly effective as antispasmodic

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            Adverse Effects

            Frequency Not Defined

            Essential oil may irritate mucous membranes

            Excessive doses may cause hypoglycemia

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Hypersensitivity

            Pregnancy (> amounts found in food)

            Cautions

            Most preparations contain cassia cinnamon, a coumarin-containing variety

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: N/A

            Lactation: N/A

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

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            Mechanism of Action

            Cinnamic Acid - hypoglycemic properties

            Volatile (essential) oils demonstrate antimicrobial activity in vitro, & decrease smooth muscle spasm

            Tannins are astringent (anti-hemorrhagic)

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