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Cinnamon bark, Chinese (Cinnamomi cassiae cortex)

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

Chinesischer Zimt

Name of Drug

Cinnamomi cassiae cortex, Chinese cinnamon.

Composition of Drug

Chinese cinnamon consists of the dried branch bark and occasionally stem bark, separated from the cork, of Cinnamomum aromaticum Nees (syn. C. cassia Blume) [Fam. Lauraceae], as well as preparations thereof in effective dosage.

The bark contains essential oil.


Loss of appetite, dyspeptic complaints such as mild spasms of the gastrointestinal tract, bloating, flatulence.


Allergy to cinnamon or Peruvian balsam.

Side Effects

Frequently, allergic reaction of the skin and mucosa.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


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.


Promotes motility.