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Published:Wednesday | July 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Good day, Dr Brown,

I have been suffering with swollen ankles for a while now. I've done all the necessary tests and there was nothing abnormal. It's not painful but quite unattractive, and I was wondering if the cinnamon twigs remedy is recommended. In addition, I do have endometriosis and fibroids. Will the tea work as well for those issues?

Good day, Reader,

Thank you for your question. Cinnamon twigs would, in fact, be helpful for all of the above. However, it is best used in mild to moderate cases, so the extent of its benefit is dependent on the severity of each of these issues.

From your question it seems you have been experiencing the swelling in your ankles for some time now, and it is in fact a little more than a mild swelling. So, while the cinnamon twigs may help some, you would be best served with a stronger herb(s), which I can recommend if given a little more information on your medical history.

Regarding the fibroid, my first question is, 'What is the size of the fibroid?' Cinnamon twig tea, taken twice daily, can help reduce small fibroids; however if we are dealing with a medium-size fibroid, then stronger herbs would most definitely be recommended. In the case of a large fibroid, surgery may be the best option.

With the endometriosis, if your symptoms are significant, for example, severe pain and heaviness in the pelvis, my recommendation would be to use stronger herbs, which again I can recommend with more information on your medical history.

Best Regards

Dr Tracey-Ann Brown

Oriental Medicine Physician

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