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Not Everyone Should Take Cinnamon


For the past 3000 years, Chinese medicine doctors have found thousands of herbs categorised into  “cold,” “warm,” and “even” different types to treat human diseases or imbalances because our bodies’ symptoms can be divided into those categories. Chinese doctors in ancient China believed that “cold”-natured bodies or conditions need to use “warm” herbs or food for treatment, and vice versa to deal with the problem. If you don’t obey this principle, you can make the situation worse instead of curing it, just like putting oil into fire. In TCM and acupuncture, cinnamon is in the “warm” category, meaning people with a “warm” natured body cannot have it. In their case, it will make the problem worse.

For example, if a person suffers from hypertension with the following complaints: headache, irritability, feels warm easily, prefers a cold environment, restlessness, thirstiness, dizziness, this means he or she is in the “warm” type’s category. To take cinnamon either as a normal dietary supplement or herb will make the blood pressure higher. On the other hand, if a high blood pressured-person complains about headaches, dizziness, prefers a warm environment or feels cold easily, fatigue, cinnamon will help to decrease the blood pressure and improve the complaints.

In general, we have many foods that are same natured as cinnamon, such as alcohol, coffee, lamb, most hot/spicy food, dried ginger, etc. If you have a “warm” body, or a “warm” type of disease, it is a good idea to keep away from these foods too.

Of course, it is much more complicated than this. If you want to know more about this according to your own situation, it is best to consult your acupuncturist or herbologist.