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The efficacy and role of cinnamon in traditional Chinese medicine


Cinnamon is a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine, also known as Yugui and Yougui. It was first recorded in "Shen Nong's Materia Medica", listed as top grade, and there are many records in herbal medicines of past dynasties. There are two types of cinnamon: domestic cinnamon and imported cinnamon. Imported cinnamon is mainly produced in Vietnam and other places, while domestic cinnamon is mainly produced in Guangxi, Guangdong and other places. Historically, the quality of cinnamon produced in Vietnam was the best, and most of the products sold in the market are domestic cinnamon. .


Cinnamon is rich in nutrients and has strong health effects. It occupies a place in spices, and it also plays a pivotal role in traditional Chinese medicine. Cinnamon has high medicinal value and is mainly used to treat deficiency of kidney yang, soreness of waist and shoulders, aversion to cold, uterine infertility, impotence and nocturnal emission, dysuria or frequent urination, enuresis, shortness of breath and shortness of breath, edema and oliguria. Bring fire back to its source, nourish fire and support yang, dispel cold and relieve pain, promote blood circulation and stimulate menstruation.


Among them, cinnamaldehyde can achieve sterilization, disinfection and anticorrosion, especially for fungi. Japanese medical experts have found that cinnamaldehyde has a significant effect on fungi. The research on the antifungal effect of cinnamaldehyde on 22 kinds of opportunistic pathogenic fungi shows that: cinnamaldehyde is an active substance against fungi, mainly by destroying the fungal cell wall, allowing the drug to penetrate In fungal cells, it destroys organelles and plays a bactericidal role.


There are countless effects and functions of cinnamon introduced in traditional Chinese medicine. Next, we will analyze them one by one:


Cinnamon has the effects of nourishing Yuanyang, removing accumulated cold, warming the spleen and stomach, and dredging the blood vessels. Treatment of Mingmen fire failure, yin gangrene, bleeding, and deficiency of yang floating over, cold extremities, weak pulse, loss of yang, abdominal pain and diarrhea, cold pain in waist and knees, cold hernia and running dolphin, amenorrhea, abdominal pain, upper fever The role of cold.


A large amount of cinnamon oil can cause uterine congestion and show menstruation effect, which provides an experimental basis for the abortion effect of ancient herbal medicine. Cinnamon oil is absorbed and excreted from the lungs to dilute the mucus and present an expectorant and antitussive effect.


The water extract and volatile oil of cinnamon have a certain resistance and protective effect on platelet aggregation and myocardial injury caused by increased secretion of endogenous catecholamines in rats under ice water stress; cinnamon decoction can increase coronary and cerebral blood flow in anesthetized dogs. increased and decreased vascular resistance.


Cinnamon taken internally is a stomachic and carminative. It also has obvious fungicidal effect. A mixture containing 1.5% cinnamon oil and 0.5% thymol has been used to treat tinea capitis. Cinnamic aldehyde and sodium cinnamate can cause vasodilation of frog foot webs and increase of white blood cells in rabbits.


The latest research in Germany shows that: The latest research on patients with type 2 diabetes pointed out that cinnamon can reduce blood sugar by about 10%, cholesterol and triglyceride by 13%, so it can reduce the risk of heart attack in patients with type 2 diabetes to a certain extent.

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