Cinnamon and heart health have a well-known connection in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Western medicine now has some answers to why this is so.
An herbal action of cinnamon (called rou gui) in Chinese medicine is “warming the heart yang”.
WESTERN MEDICAL TRANSLATION
In TCM, the “heart yang” means the energy a heart uses to operate. Essentially, this is the cardiac rhythm of a normal functioning heart. Blockages in arteries have a negative impact on heart function. TCM practitioners describe this condition as “heart yang deficiency”. In TCM terms, “warming the heart yang” means taking steps to bring the heart yang back towards balance.
POSSIBLE REASON IT WORKS
Cinnamon contains compounds that suppress formation of irregularities in the walls of arteries. These compounds also affect blood sugar levels. Both these things have a direct impact on the formation of blockages in arteries.
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