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Sample of cinnamon bark, Sri Lanka, 1901-1940

Bitter sweet cinnamon bark is used as food flavouring but is also used in Indian medical traditions to aid digestion and treat vomiting. Those with diarrhoea, bronchitis and asthma are given it. It is also used as an aphrodisiac. The bark is shown here with galangal roots, (A670146), also used in herbal medicine.

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Glossary: sample

Individual units, segments, or small quantities taken as evidence of the quality or character of the entire group or lot

Glossary: asthma

A common condition in which the airways go into spasm and become constricted. It causes wheezing, coughing and difficulty in breathing. It is often a reaction to hypersensitivity, but can also be triggered by exercise or stress.

Glossary: diarrhoea

Frequent movement of the bowels, commonly in liquid form.

Glossary: bronchitis

Inflammation of one or more bronchi (one of the larger air passages in the lungs), usually a result of infection. It is characterized by intense coughing.