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Many Uses Of Aspirin

Updated on October 21, 2011

Aspirin

Aspirin is widely used in alleviation of fever and as an excellent painkiller and anti-inflammatory drug and, to prevent strokes and heart attacks. The chemical name of aspirin is acetyl salicylic acid or Acetasalicylic acid, a white crystalline compound. It has analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory properties, and belongs to the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The name was originally a trade name registered in 1899 by Bayer, but has become the preferred name for the drug.

Although there are debates for and against the use of aspirin, it is still widely used around the world. It is advised that aspirin should be avoided by those known to be allergic to ibuprofen or naproxen.

Taking aspirin with alcohol increases the chance of stomach bleeding. Aspirin is not recommended for children, including teenagers, in cold or flu symptoms as this has been linked with Reye's syndrome.

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Too Much Aspirin?

HealthTalk.com's Dr. Zimney answers the question: Can I take too much aspirin? in this video.

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New Finds

There are studies being conducted everywhere on the different aspects of aspirin. In a recent US study it was discovered that thousands of nurses who took daily aspirin lowered heart attack and cancer risk significantly. In this video Dr Chris talks about the latest find and benefits of aspirin.

Benefits of aspirin

Many Uses Of Aspirin

Now, a small twist in the tale!. Apart from its medicinal properties, benefits and side effects, aspirin can be useful in many ways. It also has many household uses. I will try to outline a few of them below.

  • Fungal infections on soil is one problem some gardeners face. It can be beneficial to use aspirin. Dissolve an aspirin tablet in a liter of water and sprinkle the mixture on the affected soil. Although this will fix the problem, care should be taken to not to make the mixture too strong if using around plants, as it may burn the leaves.
  • Do you know that aspirin helps to keep cut flowers to be fresh for a longer period of time? Before arranging cut flowers in a vase, put a soluble aspirin tablet into the water. It helps to keep them fresh for longer.
  • Having dandruff problems? Powder two aspirin tablets and mix it with your usual shampoo. Leave on the hair for two or three minutes before washing.
  • If you are a smoker, certainly you will have nicotine stains on your fingers. To remove them, take a soluble aspirin and mix it thoroughly with some freshly squeezed lemon juice. This mixture will remove nicotine stains, grass stains, etc from hands.
  • Pimples? Don't worry. Make a paste by adding some water to powdered aspirin. Apply this paste on the pimples and wash it off after a few minutes. Since aspirin also functions as an astringent, the pimples will be reduced in size and will not be as red in appearance as before.
  • Aspirin can be used to remove sweat stains from T-shirts. Dissolve two aspirins in half a cup of warm water and apply to the stained area of the fabric. Leave it for a couple of hours. When you wash the stains will be gone completely.
  • When making compost for your garden or greenhouse mixing, it with aspirin will prevent fungus forming around the roots of new plants.
  • If your hair had become yellowish or faded from the chlorine content in a swimming pool, it can be corrected very quickly. Dissolve eight to ten aspirin tablets in a glass of water and rub the solution into your hair. Wash it away after leaving it on for about ten minutes and shampoo it in the usual way.
  • Mosquito bites and bee stings can be eased by wetting the skin and rubbing an aspirin over the spot.

If you have any more tips you can add them here.

Best Regards.

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      Balemlay 3 years ago

      Don't use asprin.For one, you will overdose and have asrvede health effects.two, you need salicylic acid to be applied externally instead of consuming it orally.Try treatments like clearpores or zenmed.

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      Charles Damas 5 years ago

      Another uses of aspirin is callus remover.This is the thickened part or hardened part of the skin especially caused by friction. This can be removed by a solution of aspirin.

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      BJ 5 years ago

      This is a great discovery abt Aspirin & it helps a lot

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      jakir patel.. 5 years ago

      thiz is all gud information abt aspirin... it helps to student to gain noledge of aspirin..thanku..boss..

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      najaf khan 5 years ago

      my friend yousuf got treated with piples problems

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      Kath 5 years ago

      Aspirin was patented on February 27, 1900.

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      Bhavya 5 years ago

      good stuff , very informative

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      Adeyemi taiwo afeezat 5 years ago

      Gr8 information.i can now say no 2 dandruffs ,my expences is minimise wt ds fantastic idea

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      Sabie 5 years ago

      Great information. Those who desire to use it, go ahead and others who are not interested do not discourage others. A lot of medication doesn't work the same to everyone of us. Likewise asprin may be good to me and bad to another

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      Danita 5 years ago

      Hope it really works for pimples

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      tattertotter 5 years ago

      I have heard that asprin doesn't work to heal acne... have you tried it or known someone who has??

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      Helen 5 years ago

      Does this really work for acne and break outs? Pls specify.. If it does, then its great

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      Ian Boldy 5 years ago

      can it be used for cleaning brass and copper

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      VIJULA RANI 6 years ago

      Very nice....it helps to know more information

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      seanorjohn 7 years ago

      Amazing, if it really works on bee stings and pimples then this is an incredibly inexpensive solution. Good work.

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      Busca 7 years ago

      This is very informative,keep it up

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      Aspirin is for losers  7 years ago

      Paracetamol all the way :D

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      Butterbean 7 years ago

      Excellently written and very informative. i greatly apprieciate your hard work and effort.

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      LiamBean 7 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

      Wow! And here I thought this hub was going to be about all of the medical uses for aspirin. There are quite a few.

      I read somewhere that Native American's chewed the bark of the willow for pain relief long before the first European landed on these shores.

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      Nick Fletcher MD 8 years ago

      Aspirin has been proven to prevent sunburns from occurring.

      Aspirin thins the blood and prevents it from clotting on the surface of the skin.

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      concurred 8 years ago

      I agree with john. i have heard the same about its power to heal headaches.

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      Vicky 8 years ago

      dont' use if you have sensitive skin. It is very irritating and can cause damage. I tried aspirin mask twice and now i have a rash. Be careful.

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      cristina327 8 years ago from Manila

      This is a great hub. Great infornation. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Rookie Expert 9 years ago from US

      I had heard about using aspirin in potted flowers, but none of the others listed above. Great hub.

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      john 9 years ago

      it is a good idea to take aspirin to heal your headache

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      Levi 9 years ago

      There is much information that I had not read or heard before, particularly about non-therapeutical uses of aspirin.

      However, I would add some words of caution. If you are not taking aspirin for medical purposes, you should ask your doctor first, and it should be recorded on your file. Your nearest and dearest should know you are taking aspirin.

      You must stop taking aspirin 2 weeks before any operation. A friend of mine bled to death after a routine operation, because nobody knew he was taking it.

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      Dottie 9 years ago

      How about the rumor that holding an aspirin in your navel with a bandaid will prevent seasickness?

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      Joanie Ruppel 9 years ago from Texas

      Wow, uses I had never heard of. I guess I'll buy another bottle to keep near the compost bin. I guess that makes it doubly good for gardening "headaches."

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      Very old and the most widely used drug - medicine.

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      Decrescendo 9 years ago

      Interesting tip. Do you have any new updates coming?

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      Alfredio 9 years ago

      I remember making our own aspirin at science class in high school. It smelt terribly and had a real sour taste! It is great that the labs can make something more refined than what we did!

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      ashu 9 years ago

      Exellent stuff.

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      flosblogspot 9 years ago from Wilberforce Ontario

      very useful and informative Well written

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      Tim Hollis 9 years ago

      Interesting stuff. Thanks and good luck with this hub.

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      J.K.Madhusudhan 9 years ago

      Here is more about the wonder drug aspirin.

      The father of modern medicine was Hippocrates, who lived sometime between 460 B.C and 377 B.C. Hippocrates was left historical records of pain relief treatments, including the use of powder made from the bark and leaves of the willow tree to help heal headaches, pains and fevers.

      By 1829, scientists discovereda that it was the compound called salicin in willow plants which gave you the pain relief.

      According to "From A Miracle Drug" written by Sophie Jourdier for the Royal Society of Chemistry: "It was not long before the active ingredient in willow bark was isolated; in 1828, Johann Buchner, professor of pharmacy at the University of Munich, isolated a tiny amount of bitter tasting yellow, needle-like crystals, which he called salicin. Two Italians, Brugnatelli and Fontana, had in fact already obtained salicin in 1826, but in a highly impure form. By 1829, (French chemist) Henri Lleroux had improved the extraction procedure to obtain about 30g from 1.5kg of bark. In 1838 Raffaele Piria (an Italian chemist) then working at the Sorbonne in Paris, split salicin into a sugar and an aromatic component (salicylaldehyde) and converted the latter, by hydrolysis and oxidation, to an acid of crystallised colourless needles, which he named salicylic acid."

      Henri Llerouxhad extracted salicin, in crystalline form for the first time, and Raffaele Piria succeeded in obtaining the salicylic acid in its pure state.

      The problem was that salicylic acid was tough on stomachs and a means of 'buffering' the compound was searched for. The first person to do so was a French chemist named Charles Ffredric Gerhardt. In 1853, Gerhardt neutralized salicylic acid by buffering it with sodium (sodium salicylate) and acetyl chloride, creating acetylsalicylic acid. Gerhardt's product worked but he had no desire to market it and abandoned his discovery.

      In 1899, a German chemist named Felix Hoffman , who worked for a German company called Bayer, rediscovered Gerhardt's formula. Felix Hoffmann made some of the formula and gave it to his father who was suffering from the pain of arthritis. With good results, Felix Hoffmann then convinced Bayer to market the new wonder drug. Aspirin was patented on March 6, 1889.

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