- You’ve probably got this surprising natural pain remedy in your kitchen cupboard
- Cinnamon could not only ease joint pain but help an upset stomach, lower blood sugar and aid weight loss
- WARNING – but here’s when you should never take this home remedy
Recognise those woody chunks in the photo?
If you’re a home cook (or a lover of mulled wine) then you’ll know they’re cinnamon sticks.
Mostly likely you’ve got this spice somewhere in the back of a cupboard in your kitchen.
It’s a tasty addition to crumbles and cakes…
But did you also know about its health benefits?
As you know, at The People’s Doctor we believe that you should explore all the options available to you, from the latest cutting edge medicine and technology to the amazing remedies that exist all around us.
The more you know about all the options, the more control you can take over your own health and mobility, the more confident you’ll be that you can ask your GP informed questions.
It’s so annoying when medical authorities dismiss all herbal and dietary remedies as if they ‘cannot’ be trusted… or that we cannot give them a try, even if we’re in huge discomfort and pain.
As much as it’s annoying when naturopaths dismiss all conventional medicines and treatments as if they’re all somehow ‘unnatural’ and harmful.
Who cares about dogma?
You just want to feel better, right?
Well, here’s something you might want to consider…
The ancient wonder of cinnamon
If you remember, a few weeks ago I told you about an inspiring country walk, where a friend showed me some fantastic edgeland herbs that have many health uses.
Well, this one isn’t so easy to find in backyard and alleyways…
Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of several types of tree species, most of which are found in Sri Lanka.
However this spice is well-travelled because it is hugely sought-after. It’s been used by many cultures over the centuries, including Ancient Egypt, for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities.
Most famously, it was used to treat stomach pain and indigestion.
Cinnamon warms and stimulates the digestive system to help reduce colic, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, wind and distension.
It was also a popular medicine in Mediaeval times. During the Bubonic Plague people would soak sponges in cinnamon and place them in the rooms of the infected.
As well as easing sickness there are tannins in cinnamon that can slow bleeding, helping people with wounds, nose-bleeds and heavy periods.
In recent times a German study has shown that Cinnamon suppresses the cause of most urinary-tract infections.
But the use of cinnamon that’s less known for is as a pain-killer.
Cinnamon for pain relief…
A chemical in cinnamon called cinnamaldehyde can help ease inflammation around your joints.
People with arthritis can get clusters of blood platelets clumping around the joints. These slow the blood circulation and produce a fatty acid that causes inflammation. Cinnamaldehyde prevents the release of this acid, thereby reducing pain.
It’s also useful for slowing the loss of bone that you get if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. This problem happens when cells called osteoclasts become too active.
As shown by a 2008 study published in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry cinnamon can reduce this activity of these osteoclasts.
And here’s a use that I didn’t know until I started researching cinnamon….
Control your blood sugar levels
Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center has shown that Cinnamon controls blood glucose levels.
Cinnamon contains an antioxidant known as glutathione as well as flavonoid called methylhydroxy chalcone polymer. Together they make fat cells more responsive to the hormone insulin. This is the hormone that regulates the metabolism of blood sugar.
“One-eighth of a teaspoon of cinnamon triples insulin efficiency,” say James A. Duke, Ph.D., a botanist retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs.
And this quality could even make this spice a useful weight loss aid.
Because cinnamon can help lower blood glucose, it stops those blood sugar spikes that make you feel ravenous between meals.
This means cinnamon could possibly help you feel fuller for longer, aiding in long term weight loss (as part of a sensible eating plan).
How to take cinnamon
There are a handful of options…
- Sprinkle it onto your morning coffee or hot chocolate
- Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a tablespoon of honey and eat this before breakfast each morning – or spread the paste on bread or a banana.
- Add one tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon to hot water, let it stand for a few minutes then strain and drink.
- Make cinnamon water by adding a stick of cinnamon to a large jug of water. Chill in the fridge for 12 hours then drink.
However before you rush off and try this…
A WARNING – here’s when you should never take this home remedy
Cinnamon can interfere with blood thinning and blood clot medications so don’t if you’re on medications, please consult a medical expert for advice.
Experts warn against taking excessive amounts of cinnamon during pregnancy, or if you suffer from stomach or intestinal ulcers.
If you want to know more about the power of spices, then you should grab a copy of The Spice Healer, a handbook of home cures for pain, inflammation, stiffness, tiredness and premature ageing. It details not only spices but a whole array of every day foods,. It includes…
- The spice that can stop a heart attack
- The vitamin that ‘switches on’ your flu immunity
- The seafood that eases joint pain
- The natural ingredient that works as well as a cox-inhibitor
- The fruit that relieves asthma
- The garden weed that cleans your liver
- The tea that prevents blood clots
For more information, click here.
Until next time.