Cinnamon: Pain relief since 250 AD

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Cinnamon is a powerful spice that has been used around the world to flavor culinary dishes, but many patients are surprised to find it in their custom herbal prescriptions that I prescribe.

Cinnamon is an effective medicine and can be especially useful for relieving pain, and science is finally catching up and proving what the Chinese have known for 3000 years.

My clinic experience and studies indicate that cinnamon specifically helps to relieve muscle soreness, PMS pains, and aging pain symptoms, like arthritis. It also increases blood circulation and increases the body’s ability to repair itself after it’s been damaged.

There was a significant fall in muscle soreness in the cinnamon group compared to placebo.

Cinnamon is so successful at treating pain and disease because it contains protective antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and immune boosting compounds that make it one of the most beneficial spices around. Due to these protective compounds, cinnamon can reduce pain and slow the aging process, like swelling and inflammation, keeping your body in tip-top shape . These compounds are similar to antioxidants that can be found in other powerhouse foods, like red wine and dark chocolate

As an added bonus, when it comes to defending the body from illnesses, cinnamon is a natural with its anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. The immune-enhancing abilities of cinnamon are found its essential oils.

As if cinnamon wasn’t already fantastic enough, studies indicate cinnamon may:

  • Protect brain cells from mutation and damage. 
  • Reduce levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. 
  • Lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Protect against DNA damage and cancer growth.
  • Balance the microbiome.

So the next time you're cooking, feel free to add a little more cinnamon to your dish, and don’t be surprised when you see it in the next prescription I customize just for you. 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25629927

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23653285

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25629927

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26023601

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25074885

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23662151