What is it?
Ancient Egyptians used White Willow Bark for inflammation, while the Chinese have used it since 500BC to relieve pain and fevers. The Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about White Willow’s medicinal uses in 5th century B.C. Suffice to say, this powerful herb is backed by quite a few years of testing and positive results. The name “white willow” comes from the colour of the leaves, which are covered with fine white hairs.
How does it help?
Because it contains the same chemical properties as aspirin, White Willow Bark is still used today as an alternative to aspirin and other similar pain-relievers. Some medical evidence also indicates Willow Bark is less likely to cause gastrointestinal side effects like upset stomach that other pain relievers can cause.
The anti-inflammatory properties in White Willow Bark can help in easing lower back pain, and the pain associated with arthritis. In fact, its powerful properties have made White Willow Bark a cornerstone of many herbal preparations for pain relief.
What should I be careful of?
Don’t take While Willow Bark if you are allergic to aspirin or are currently taking anti-platelet or anticoagulant drugs.
Where can I get it?
You can purchase White Willow Bark capsules from your local Health Food Store. Consult your local Herbalist or Naturopath for tincture or extract doses.