OUR GUIDE, Rev (Dr) Mike Oye, a Naturopath/Alternative Medicine practitioner points out that it is very possible to live healthily without drugs through good diets, discipline, and adequate appropriation of nature. He asserts that whatever is natural is always better for human consumption than the synthetic alternatives. In continuation of our series on the USE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE through the preparation of herbs from plants that abound in our natural environment. Today, we continue with our exposition on medicinal herbs and plants with an expose on CINNAMON: USED TO WARM THE ORGANS, aside its other usefulness.
CINNAMOMUM VERUM (LAURACEAE)
ENGLISH NAME: CINNAMON
SIERA LEONE: KRIO = SINAMONNIGERIA:
Igbo = imeguru, ohio
Aromatic tree found here and there in West Africa but cultivated as a plantation spice in Gabon. It is the inner bark which is used commercially.
- Its main use is in medicine, where it serves as a carminative and digestive.
- Other uses are to relieve flatulence, as a stimulant, expectorant, rubefacient, in headaches and rheumastism, a tuberculosis treatment, an astringent, and as a flavoring agent.
- It is also used as an intestinal astringent in diarrhea and for catarrh and colds.
- It is used as part of post-partum medication.
- It is effective for weight loss.
- Generally, cinnamon is used to warm the organs, to treat chronic diarrhea, cramps, cardiac and abdomen pains, cough, wheezing, and lower back pain.
- It can be used to stop uterine bleeding.
- It has antiviral and antiseptic properties, and can be used to fight infections.
- It can be combined with ginger to treat circulatory and digestive disorders.
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