Cinnamon: A Multifunctional Medicinal Plant
Syeda Mona Hassan*, Shabnum Zulfiqar, Naureen Naeem, Asif Ibrahim, Syed Khurram Hassan, Abdul Majeed and Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqi
ABSTRACT: Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), belongs to family Lauraceae, is an evergreen tree, a member of family Lauraceae, has been used in daily routine as a condiment and spice found in tropical area of India. Cinnamon is mainly composed of essential oils and its other constituents are cinnamic acid, cinnamate and cinnamaldehyde. It possesses excellent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, hypoglycemic, anti-microbial and hypolipidemic activities. It can be used as safer and useful drug in allergic conditions also. So, cinnamon can be used as a potential constituent in pharmaceutical industry.