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White Willow Bark Benefits

Updated on September 14, 2014

There are many white willow bark benefits, this herb has been used for thousands of years to treat various illnesses such as headaches and fevers, this herb also contains the same chemical that is found in today's top painkiller - aspirin. This herb is also known as 'herbal aspirin' and has fewer side effects.

The white willow bark comes from the white willow tree and has been known to grow as high as 23 meters tall. In China it has been used for centuries to treat various illnesses and it is also well known to cure fevers and reduce pain.This herbs most active ingredient is salicin which is responsible for it being able to treat pain and various illnesses, the chemical is mostly found in the bark of the tree that are two to five years old.

When this herb is taken it can relieve pain, fever and inflammation in the body and it does not cause your stomach to bleed which is one of the serious side effects of aspirin.

Other known benefits of willow bark is that it can relieve aches and pains, from chronic pain to neck and back pain. It can also relieve inflammation if you suffer from joint pain in your hips, knees or back and can reduce swelling allowing better mobility.It can also be taken for menstrual cramps to relieve pain as well.

White Willow Bark Benefits
White Willow Bark Benefits

This herb is safe to take it long term, but it has a bitter taste so it is best to get it in a pill form.It is recommended that you do not take this herb with aspirin as it can increase side effects. Other white willow bark benefits is that it rarely causes any side effects, but if taken in high doses it may cause nausea and upset stomach.You can get this herb in many forms such as a capsule, tincture, tablet, dried herb tea and powder.

If this herb does not help in relieving pain you can try other herbs such as turmeric, ginger, feverfew, pau d'arco,cat's claw or meadowsweet.When buying white willow bark look for an extract that contains 15% salicin which is the aspirin like active ingredient in this herb.

As you can see there are many white willow bark benefits that can help if you suffer from chronic pain, as always before taking any herbs it is advised that you ask your doctor first as it can interfere with other prescription medication.Natural herbal remedies such as this can help prevent unwanted side effects from conventional medicine and treat your illnesses naturally.

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    • Eleanor Candy profile imageAUTHOR

      Eleanor Candy 

      7 years ago from Australia

      White willow bark is known as the original aspirin but it is more gentle on the stomach and safer to use.

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      Joseph Davis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Interesting. Does it actually contain Acetyl Salacylic Acid like Aspirin? Great hub!

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