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Good-old Cinnamon (ቀረፋ) May Cut off Cancer’s Blood Supply

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 7, 2012

Cinnamon, one of the most ancient spices in human history, appears to have unique cancer-stunting properties, researchers reported in the Dec. 7 issue of the journal Carcinogenesis. Scientists in City of Hope’s Department of Molecular Medicine showed that extracts of the spice may be able to block the growth of blood vessels, called angiogenesis, in tumors.

“We found that a water-based extract from cinnamon was a potent angiogenesis inhibitor,” said Wei Wen, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular medicine and senior author on the study. Cinnamon comes from the bark of a small evergreen tree.

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Cinnamomum Cinnamon benefits:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Digestion
  • Weight loss
  • Menopause
  • Warms the body
  • Yeast infections
  • Circulation
  • Uterine hemorrhaging
  • Fungal infections

The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea

The Cinnamon Adventure

Past Present
Opone Somalia
Malao Somalia
Aksum Empire Ethiopia/Eritrea
Himyarite kingdom Yemen
Frankincense kingdom Hadramaut/Yemen
Rhapta Tanzania/Mozambique
Barygaza India
Early Chera, Chola, etc India




Cyeneum = Cinnamon?

The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea or Periplus of the Red Sea (Greek: Περίπλους τὴς Ἐρυθράς Θαλάσσης, Latin: Periplus Maris Erythraei) is a Greco-Roman periplus, written in Greek, describing navigation and trading opportunities from Roman Egyptian ports like Berenice along the coast of the Red Sea, and others along Northeast Africa and the Indian subcontinent. The text has been ascribed to different dates between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD, but a mid-1st century date is now the most commonly accepted. Although the author is unknown, it is clearly a firsthand description by someone familiar with the area and is nearly unique in providing accurate insights into what the ancient world knew about the lands around the Indian Ocean.

Although Erythraean Sea (Greek: Ἐρυθρά Θάλασσα) literally means “Red Sea”, to the Greeks it included the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.

Opposite Mountain Island, on the mainland twenty stadia from shore, lies Adulis, a fair-sized village, from which there is a three-days’ journey to Coloe, an inland town and the first market for ivory. From that place to the city of the people called Auxumites there is a five days’ journey more; to that place all the ivory is brought from the country beyond the Nile through the district called Cyeneum, and thence to Adulis.

Full text of “The Periplus of the Erythræan sea; travel and trade in the Indian Ocean


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