Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder
The surprising reason why cinnamon is actually better than ibuprofen when it comes to killing pain
Why risk using a pain killer with deadly side effects? Natural alternatives are often not only safer but at least as effective.
Cinnamon for Pain Relief
New research reveals that cinnamon powder is effective at reducing symptoms of painful periods (primary dysmenorrhea) in college age students.
Published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research and titled, “Comparative effect of cinnamon and Ibuprofen for treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized double-blind clinical trial,” Iranian researchers evaluated the effect of either 420 mg of cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), 400 mg of ibuprofen, or a starch placebo, in three groups of 38 females. Both pain intensity and duration were monitored in all groups, with the results reported as follows:
“The mean pain severity score and mean duration of pain in Ibuprofen and Cinnamon were less than placebo group respectively (p< 0.001). Of 4 hours after the intervention, there were no statistically significant differences between the Cinnamon and placebo group (p> 0.05). Of eight hours after the intervention, the mean pain severity in the cinnamon group was significantly lower than the placebo group (p< 0.001). At various time intervals, the mean pain severity in the Ibuprofen group was significantly less than Cinnamon and placebo groups (p< 0.001).”
Cinnamon for Pain: Safe and Effective Treatment
The researchers concluded:
“Cinnamon can be regarded as a safe and effective treatment for primary dysmenorrhea. More researches are recommended to study the efficacy of Cinnamon on reducing menstrual bleeding.”
Discussion: Use Cinnamon for Pain Relief
Why do we consider cinnamon superior to ibuprofen? Considering the well-known dangers of ibuprofen, which is estimated to kill several thousand a year from its cardiovascular side effects alone, cinnamon’s potential role as a natural alternative to this drug is highly promising. Unlike ibuprofen, using cinnamon for pain doesn’t come with any cardiotoxic properties. To the contrary, it is known to have both blood pressure lowering and blood sugar lowering properties, both which may confer protection against cardiovascular disease.
As far as the question of its role in menstrual bleeding addressed in the conclusion above, a recent randomized, double-blinded clinical trial found that it actually reduced the severity of menstrual bleeding in women, making it a win-win as far as difficult or inconvenient menstruation symptoms go.
For more information about either cinnamon’s health benefits, or other natural interventions for painful periods, consult the following articles and database sections on Greenmedinfo.com:
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Sayer Ji is a widely recognized researcher, author, and lecturer, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), an advisory board member of the National Health Federation,
and the founder of the world's most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind. He founded Greenmedinfo.com
in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities.
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