Have you heard of “Gui Zhi,” better known as Chinese cinnamon twig?
I didn’t think so.
And yet, this herb has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) because of its warming properties as well as its versatility.
How did you not hear about this?
Conventional medicine tends to trump ancient practices that have helped many ailments over time—but perhaps that’s a story for another time.
Chinese cinnamon twig is not the same cinnamon as the kind you use ground for baking and cooking. That cinnamon is bark from a cinnamon tree while Chinese cinnamon twig is from the actual twigs the cinnamon tree.
Their medicinal applications differ as well, so don’t get these two herbs confused!
Among the many applications of Chinese cinnamon twig, these are some of the top ailments they’re used to treat. Some of them might surprise you–but after reading this list, you’ll be more excited about trying cinnamon twig than you ever were about regular cinnamon!
Here are some of the top health benefits of Gui Zhi.
Benefit #1 – Reduce cold symptoms: Chinese cinnamon twig is known for warming the body and helping to combat colds and the flu. A mixture of gui zhi in drinks such as tea can help reduce cold symptoms, especially those of congestion.
Gui zhi also helps to harmonize the upper and lower energies of the body, therefore promoting total healing in the system where illness exists.
If you’re suffering from the cold or the flu, Chinese cinnamon twig is an excellent herb to have on hand to help soothe your symptoms and promote healthy mucous membranes. Combine with licorice to soothe a sore throat!
Benefit #2 – Increase circulation: Cinnamon twig can help increase circulation in the body to reduce headaches, warm the body, and reduce pain. Cinnamon twig is known to help reduce muscle pain due to its circulation promotion.
Increased circulation helps to warm the body, detoxify major organs and the lymphatic system, and prevent blood clots.
You can reduce chronic pain and promote a healthy circulatory system with Chinese cinnamon twig!
Benefit #3 – Reduce your risk for allergic reactions: Research shows that Chinese cinnamon twig is an effective remedy for reducing your chances of allergies. These include histamine reactions such as seasonal allergies as well as histamine reactions the body produces as a result of food allergies.
Histamine is an important component in both seasonal allergies and food allergies, so Chinese cinnamon twig can help to reduce your risk and keep your body healthy year round!
Benefit #4 – Treat arthritis: Other research has proven Chinese cinnamon twig as a superior anti-inflammatory herb, which can be excellent in the treatment of those who suffer from the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
Because Chinese cinnamon twig helps to promote circulation, it also helps the body to properly detoxify itself and promote healthy muscles and joints.
Benefit #5 – Helps hypothyroidism: Cinnamon twig has also proven to be an aid in the treatment of patients who suffer from hypothyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, feeling cold, and muscle pain or weakness.
So it makes sense that cinnamon twig would help patients with symptoms of hypothyroidism based on the information we’ve already seen!
Benefit #6 – Dismantle tooth decay: Cinnamon has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it an adept fighter of tooth decay. Tooth decay typically happens when plaque builds up on teeth and, when unremoved, can cause acidic bacteria to eat away at tooth enamel.
This allows bacteria access to the roots of your teeth, therefore causing decay.
You may try oil pulling with a carrier oil such as coconut or sesame and adding a few drops of cinnamon twig essential oil in to help remove bacteria and restore a healthy mouth!
Benefit #7 – Helps treat urinary tract infections (UTIs): Cinnamon twig can also help to aid in the clearing of urinary tract infections (UTIs). While studies show it can clear the infection, other studies show that cinnamon twig is effective when added to other natural treatments for UTIs.
This is because cinnamon has some excellent antimicrobial properties that are used for a variety of applications besides UTIs, including diabetes, inflammation, and gastrointestinal disorders.
Benefit #8 – Boost antioxidant levels: Want to boost your antioxidant levels? Chinese cinnamon twig can help!
Antioxidants are crucial to our health. Not only do they neutralize free radicals (which can cause damage to the DNA of your cells), but they also protect our bodies against chronic disease.
Chinese cinnamon twig can help increase your intake of antioxidants because of its antioxidant power.
Cinnamon’s antioxidant activities can help keep our skin, organs, and immune system healthy!
Benefit #9 – Helps with painful periods: One of the best benefits of gui zhi is that it can help with painful menstrual cycle. Cinnamon twig also helps to promote regular menstruation.
This is one reason why its use among pregnant women should always be discussed with an herbalist!
Gui zhi’s promotion of circulation as well as its anti-inflammatory properties also help to aid with painful menstrual cramps.
Benefit #10 – Increases brain function: Cinnamon twig helps to improve your memory, decrease anxiety, and relieve insomnia. Chinese cinnamon twig can also be taken with the herb polygala, which helps increase cognitive function.
Polygala has also been used to help increase concentration and focus, and even has antidepressant effects!
Benefit #11 – Help soothe eczema: Since Chinese cinnamon twig is a known anti-inflammatory herb, it can help combat your eczema. It’s one of the essential ingredients used in my proprietary anti-eczema formula.
Eczema is an inflammatory response by the body that can be triggered by many different things. Chinese cinnamon twig can reduce the redness and irritation associated with this inflammation and calm your eczema.
For a soothing eczema remedy, try Chinese cinnamon twig!
Dosage and method
You can easily make a tea out of cinnamon twigs by boiling them in pure water for about a half hour. You should always consult your herbalist before introducing a new herb to your body as well as to get the recommended dosage from your herbalist!
The benefits of Chinese cinnamon twig are numerous, and an herbalist can better guide you in the proper dose and method of this herb for your specific ailment.
Cinnamon is a powerful herb, and Chinese cinnamon twig helps to promote many healthy systems in the body, including lymphatic, circulation, urinary, and more!
Have you ever heard of Chinese cinnamon twig? Does it sound like something you would try? We’d love to hear!