Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomi ceylanici cortex)

Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Zimtrinde

Name of Drug

Cinnamomi ceylanici cortex, cinnamon.

Composition of Drug

Cinnamon consists of the dried bark, separated from cork and the underlying parenchyma, of young branches and shoots of Cinnamomum verum J.S. Presl (syn. C. zeylanicum Blume) [Fam. Lauraceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The bark contains essential oil.

Uses

For loss of appetite, dyspeptic complaints such as mild, spastic condition of the gastrointestinal tract, bloating, flatulence.

Contraindications

Allergy to cinnamon and Peruvian balsam.

Pregnancy.

Side Effects

Frequently, allergic reactions of skin and mucosa.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

2 - 4 g of bark; 0.05 - 0.2 g of essential oil; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Cut or ground bark for teas, essential oil, as well as other galenical preparations for internal use.

Actions

Antibacterial
Fungistatic
Promotes motility.