True cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) comes from the bark of a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka. True cinnamon however has a close cousin (Cinnamomum cassia) that is cultivated in Vietnam, China and Indonesia. Ancient Egyptians prized cinnamon for its use in embalming mixtures. In both ancient Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda, cinnamon was used primarily for digestive and menstrual issues. In modern Chinese medicine, cinnamon is believed to circulate vital energy or qi. Today we know that Cinnamon bark effectively helps regulate blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon is also effective at clearing up urinary tract and yeast infections, relieving pain and fighting off a cold or flu. Cinnamon is a carminative; an agent that helps break up intestinal gas, additionally; giving it stomach soothing properties.