Cassia is an evergreen tree indigenous to Southern India and Srilanka. Tvak literally means ‘skin’ or ‘bark’. The bark is used as spice and is a good remedy for intestinal diseases.
Benefits of Cinnamon: Difficult breathing, colds, cough, bronchitis, promotes circulation, diarrhea, dysentery, edema, gas, strengthens heart and kidneys, indigestion, liver problems, headache, backache, toothache, nausea, vomiting, hiccup.
Action: Antibacterial, anti-fungal, alterative, analgesic, antiseptic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, demulcent, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, germicide, hemostatic, stimulant, stomachic.
Scientific name: Cinnamomum cassia Blume.
Useful part: Bark.
Dosage: 1–9g per day or 3–15ml per day.
Rasa (taste): Pungent, sweet, astringent
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
Guna (quality): Dry, light, penetrating
Dosa effect: VK−, P+
Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, blood, muscles, nerves, reproductive
Srotas (channels): Digestive, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, nervous, reproductive
Classical and common names
Ayurvedic: Tvak, Daalchini (bark).