Skip to content

    Find a Vitamin or Supplement


    Other Names:

    Chai Gui, Cinnamomum tamala, Indian Bay Leaf, Indian Bark, Indian Cassia, Malobathrum, Talisha Pattri, Tamala, Tamala Patar, Tamala Patra, Tamalpatra, Tejpat, Tejpat Oil, Tejpata, Tejpatra, Tejpatta, Tez Pat, Tezpat.

    CINNAMOMUM TAMALA Interactions
    CINNAMOMUM TAMALA Overview Information

    Cinnamomum tamala is a tree. It grows in parts of the Himalayas and in northern parts of India. The leaf and bark are used as medicine.

    Cinnamomum tamala is used for many conditions such as diabetes, cough and cold, arthritis, heart and liver health, and others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

    In foods, Cinnamomum tamala is used as a spice or flavoring agent. Cinnamomum tamala is related cassia cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, and Cinnamomum burmanii. But these are not the same. Cinnamomum tamala is also sometimes called "Indian bay leaf." Indian bay leaf is not the same as bay leaf. See separate listings for cassia cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, Cinnamomum burmanii, and bay leaf.

    How does it work?

    Cinnamomum tamala might help the pancreas release insulin. This might lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.

    CINNAMOMUM TAMALA Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Cinnamomum tamala for these uses.

    CINNAMOMUM TAMALA Side Effects & Safety

    There isn’t enough reliable information available to know if Cinnamomum tamala is safe or what the side effects might be.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Cinnamomum tamala if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

    Diabetes: Cinnamomum tamala might lower blood sugar. Watch for signs of low blood sugar and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use Cinnamomum tamala.

    Surgery: Cinnamomum tamala might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using Cinnamomum tamala at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

    CINNAMOMUM TAMALA Interactions What is this?

    We currently have no information for CINNAMOMUM TAMALA Interactions


    The appropriate dose of Cinnamomum tamala depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Cinnamomum tamala. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

    Be the first to share your experience with this treatment.

    Review this Treatment

    Learn about User Reviews and read IMPORTANT information about user generated content

    Conditions of Use and Important Information: This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

    This copyrighted material is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version. Information from this source is evidence-based and objective, and without commercial influence. For professional medical information on natural medicines, see Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Professional Version. © Therapeutic Research Faculty 2009.

    Search for a Vitamin or Supplement

    Ex. Ginseng, Vitamin C, Depression

    Today on WebMD

    vitamin rich groceries
    Do you know your vitamin ABCs?
    St Johns wart
    Ease hot flashes and other symptoms.
    Are you getting enough?
    Take your medication
    Wonder pill or overkill?
    fruits and vegetables
    Woman sleeping
    Woman staring into space with coffee
    IMPORTANT: About This Section and Other User-Generated Content on WebMD

    The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatment or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.

    Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.