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Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum or Cinnamomum cassia).

Plant Part Used: Inner bark.

Dominican Medicinal Uses: The inner bark is traditionally prepared as a decoction and taken orally for allergy, anxiety, arthritis, low blood pressure, kidney ailments, common cold, flu, sinusitis and women’s health conditions.

Safety: The bark is generally regarded as safe and widely consumed as a culinary spice. Excessive or prolonged use may cause irritation.

Contraindications: Large quantities of cinnamon should not be during pregnancy due to potential teratogenic effects.

Drug Interactions: Methacyclines (interferes with dissolution).

Clinical Data: Human clinical trials: antidiabetic (bark).

Laboratory & Preclinical Data: In vivo: antioxidant (bark).

In vitro: antibacterial, antifungal, headlice treatment, HEp-2 treatment (essential oil).

* See entry for Canela in “Part 3: Dominican Medicinal Plant Profiles” of this book for more information, including references.

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