Cinnamon is an herbal remedy that can be used for Diabetes and Male Sex Problems.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from Evergreen trees. Cinnamon trees are native to South East Asia, and its origin was mysterious in Europe until the sixteenth century. Most of the spice sold as cinnamon in the United States and Canada is actually cassia. In some cases, cassia is labeled “Chinese cinnamon” to distinguish it from the true cinnamon (C. verum) which is more expensive.
Cinnamon bark is widely used as a spice in both sweet and savoury foods. It is principally employed in cookery as a condiment and flavoring material.
Cinnamon in traditional Chinese medicine
Cassia (called “rou gui” in Chinese) is used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine for over 2000 years as one of fundamental herbs. Chinese medical specialists use cinnamon to treat male sex problems, for example, impotence, “inability to perform”, or “erectile dysfunction”. In Chinese traditional medicine theory, cinnamon can “warm” and stimulate kidney, bladder, colon, and genital system which all are located in the lower abdomen.
When using cinnamon to help treat impotence, you should know that, cinnamon is not like Viagra which can temporarily and immediately increase men’s sex power. It takes time (weeks or months of treatment) to use Cassia for impotence. Chinese herbal experts believe that cinnamon slowly but steadily “warm” genital system, so it can improve male sex ability.
Scientists have claimed that cinnamon cassia powder helps stop Type 2 Diabetes. Cinnamon can reduce fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol. Many Type II diabetics have found improvement in health by using cinnamon supplementation in their diet. Studies have shown that cinnamon is a good source of manganese, an important ingredient of a healthful diet. It contains a substance that activates formerly inhibited insulin receptors.
According to a study published in 2003, researchers in Department of Human Nutrition, NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar, Pakistan confirmed that cinnamon shows benefits for patients with type 2 diabetics. It “improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes”.
According to the traditional medicine and food guidelines, cinnamon is not like other warming spices, such as ginger, chili pepper, mustard, and garlic. These other spices mainly warm upper body, and target lungs, stomach and digestive system, they do not, at least not directly, affect organs in the lower body. So when you suffer from a cold, cough, heartburn, indigestion or other symptoms associated with coldness and weakness in the upper body, you can use ginger, chili pepper, garlic to warm the upper body and relieve the symptoms. But if your coldness and weakness is in the lower body, then ginger and chili pepper cannot be helpful because they cannot affect the organs in the lower body.
Cinnamon is different. It warms organs in the lower body, expelling coldness, reducing excess fluids, and improving conditions of weakness. That is why cassia cinnamon can be used to help treat disorders in the lower body associated with coldness and weakness, such as type 2 diabetes, gas, muscle and gastrointestinal spasms, diarrhea, male impotence, bed wetting, rheumatic conditions, testicle hernia and menopausal symptoms.
Please note: if you suffer from disorders with “hot” symptoms in the lower body, such as dark yellow or red urine, high sex drive, kidney stones, constipation, bleeding, ulcers, etc, you should avoid use cinnamon.
- “Cinnamon Extracts Boost Insulin Sensitivity”. Agricultural Research magazine. July 2000.
- Khan A, Safdar M, Ali Khan MM, Khattak KN, and Anderson RA, “Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes”, Diabetes Care. 2003 Dec;26(12):3215-8.