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Cinnamon - Cinnamomum verum

Said to be used in a general veterinary context for mild colic, diarrhea, flatulence, diabetes and back pain. In terms of poultry use, my conclusions are that it may be an option as a calmative for a mild gastrointestinal upset, although time and rest usually takes care of those any way. The following is a simplified version of the the information, including safe dosages for those who wish to try it.

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Other names:
Cinnamomum cassia, Laurus cinnamomum, nees, abdalisini, cassia bark, blood-giving drops, kannel, zimtrinde, Chinese cassia, Chinese cinnamon.

Parts Used:
Dried inner bark.

Traditional Uses:

Traditionally used for mild gastrointestinal upsets, bloatiness, flatulence and loss of appetite. In China it was used to treat those with abdominal pain and diarrhea, amongst other things. It has been used medicinally, usually in combination with other herbs, as a carminative, astringent, and local stimulant and for vomiting.

Selected Constituents:

1%-2% v/w of volatile oil derived, containing 60 to 80% mainly cinnamaldehyde, the major constituent. Also contains cinnamic acid, coumarin, and tannins.

Dosage for Small Animals:

Dried herb: 25-300mg/kg, divided and given 3 times a day.
Infusion and decoction: 5g per cup of water, administered at a rate of 1/4 - 1/2 cup per 10kg, divided daily - optimally three times a day.
Tincture (60-80% ethanol) some pharmacies include glycerin to prevent precipitation of tannins: 1:2-1:3:0.5-1.5 mL per 10kg divided daily (optimally 3 times a day) and diluted or combined with other herbs. Use higher dose for low-alcohol preparations.

It looks to me like the Infusion/decoction would be the easiest way to medicate a chicken. I weighed powdered cinnamon and found that 5g is equal to approximately two and a half teaspoons. That's the amount to put in a cup of water and give at the above rate.

Clinical
Spasmolytic, carminative, antidiarrheal.

Toxicity Information:

Not for long term use; do not exceed recommended dose because large doses have been reported to cause problem in a part of the brain that regulates blood pressure and other homeostatic processes, and possible nephritis. Allergic reactions of the skin and mucosa have also been reported.

Contraindications:

Not to be used in cases of fever of unknown origin, or in patients with an allergy to cinnamon.

Drug Interactions:

In some cases cinnamon markedly decreases the in vitro dissolution of tetracycline hydrochloride. So I wouldn't use at the same time, although more research is needed to establish the clinical significance of this interaction.

Published Research Results:

The essential oil of the bark has carminative activity reduces gastrointestinal muscle contractions. The active anti-spasmodic constituent of the drug is cinnamaldehyde. It reduced stress-induced ulcers in rodents.

The inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes may reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Broilers which were given essential oils from thyme and cinnamon in the feed showed increased performance. http://pvj.com.pk/pdf-files/29_4/169-173.pdf

Source: Wynn, S.G. & Fougere, B.J. (2007) Veterinary Herbal Medicine. Mosby Elsevier. Sydney

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