Rou Gui (Cinnamon bark) is a traditional herb used in Chinese medicine to treat a range of symptoms including aversion to cold, cold limbs, digestive upsets including diarrhea, fatigue, weak back and frequent urination. Cinnamon is also traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat type 2 diabetes. Recent research has found that the specific type of cinnamon used in Chinese medicine (cassia cinnamon) has a significant effect on glycemic (blood sugar) control and can benefit type 2 diabetes. The researchers caution that culinary cinnamon should not be used as it contains little cassia cinnamon (even though it looks similar). Source: Medscape.
We use cassia cinnamon in the clinic as a single Chinese herb (Rou Gui 肉桂) as well as in combination with other nutrients such as chromium which also help blood sugar. Keeping blood sugar levels in a healthy range is critical to minimizing the complications from type 2 diabetes and this new research gives one more reason to consider (cassia) cinnamon as part of a treatment plan.