Cinnamon is a spice derived from the inner bark of tree, native to South East Asia, of over 300 species of the genus Cinnamomum, belongings to the family Lauraceae, use in herbal and traditional medicine as anti-fungal and bacteria level, to improve reproductive organ, prevent flatulence and intestinal cramping, and to treat indigestion, diarrhea, bad breath, headache, migraine, etc.
Topical use of essential oil extracted from cinnamon may be the next generation whole herb medicine for prevention and treatment of menstrual pain and heavy menstrual bleeding.
The results of the investigation were reported by several respectable institutes and published on the data bases of numbers online medical literature, including PubMed.
According to the Eulji University, in the study of compared the effect of aromatherapy massage and acetaminophen on menstrual pain in Korean high school girls. cinnamon treatment group showed a significantly higher reduction of menstrual pain than in the acetaminophen group.
Acetaminophen or APAP is a over-counter and popular conventional medicine used to treat pain and fever with numbers of intolerant adverse effects.
In a randomized, double-blind trial, out of 114, group received Cinnamon (capsule containing 420 mg Cinnamon, TDS, n= 38) in 24 h significantly reduced the severity and duration of pain during menstruation and menstrual bleeding.
In primary dysmenorrhea, cinnamon expressed significantly over reduction of pain, menstrual bleeding, nausea and vomiting with primary dysmenorrhea without side effects.
Dr. Marzouk TM., the lead author at the Mansoura University said, " ... aromatherapy abdominal massage once daily for seven days prior to menstruation using the essential oils (cinnamon....) is effective in alleviating menstrual pain, its duration and excessive menstrual bleeding...." and "Aromatherapy can be provided as a nonpharmacological pain relief measure and as a part of nursing care given to girls suffering of dysmenorrhea, or excessive menstrual bleeding".
Further study of the effect of cinnamon extract on symptoms of dysmenorrhea and contractility in some smooth muscles, Dr. Alotaibi M. suggested, cinnamon may be used to alleviate menstrual pain associated with dysmenorrhoea or prevent unwanted uterine activity in early pregnancy.
However, intake of cinnamon should be taken with care as toxicity was found in case of overdoses.
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(1) Aromatherapy massage on the abdomen for alleviating menstrual pain in high school girls: a preliminary controlled clinical study by Hur MH1, Lee MS, Seong KY, Lee MK.(PubMed)
(2) Comparative effect of cinnamon and Ibuprofen for treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized double-blind clinical trial by Jaafarpour M1, Hatefi M2, Khani A3, Khajavikhan J4.(PubMed)
(3) The effect of cinnamon on menstrual bleeding and systemic symptoms with primary dysmenorrhea by Jaafarpour M1, Hatefi M2, Najafi F3, Khajavikhan J4, Khani A3.(PubMed)
(4) The effect of aromatherapy abdominal massage on alleviating menstrual pain in nursing students: a prospective randomized cross-over study by Marzouk TM1, El-Nemer AM, Baraka HN.(PubMed)
(5) The effect of cinnamon extract on isolated rat uterine strips by Alotaibi M1.(PubMed)