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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Tamalapatra  
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English: Cinnamon  
Botanical: Cinnamomum tejpata  
Hindi: Tvakh, Dalchini  
Telugu: Daalchina chekka  
Common names:  Dal-chini, darchini, dhall cheene, karuvappadai  
Family name: Lauracae  

2. Parts used:

  • Bark

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Spicy and sweet.
  • Veerya: Ushna veerya.
  • Vipaka: Katu.

4. Uses:


  • Used in desserts, cakes and other baked goods.
  • It also gives a good taste to milk and rice puddings.


  • It is aromatic, mildly carminative.
  • Helps in nausea and flatulence.
  • It is good remedy to treat diarrhea.
  • The cinnamon oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Surabhi valkala: With good smell.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Balya: Gives strength.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika.

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