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Herb of the Week: Willow Bark

Posted Sep 26 2008 3:01pm

Willow tree Willow bark is commonly used to make herbal extracts. This beautiful tree is native from southern Europe but it also grows in North America and parts of Asia.

Willow bark extract may help with lower back pain, headaches, fever, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Herbalists have been using willow bark for medicinal purposes since the fifth century, when the ancient Greek would use it as a remedy for aches and fever.

In fact, willow bark is believed to be the precursor of aspirin. In the late 19th century, the active ingredient of the willow bark, called salicin, was isolated and modified creating a new drug, acetylsalicylic acid, named aspirin by Felix Hoffman, an employer of Bayer.

The analgesic actions of willow are normally slow to develop but may last longer and be more efficient than the effects of regular aspirin. Thirty to sixty days is the average time for significant results.

A few combinations may also provide relief for different health issues. For example, studies have found that willow bark may provide relief in people with osteoarthritis. Willow extract combined with garlic oil may support healthy functioning of the ears. Krill oil, black cohosh and willow bark is an efficient combination to minimize pair from PMS symptoms.

Willow bark may be the ideal supplement if you don’t like taking aspirin but can’t seem to stop the annoying headaches, minor pains or fever.

Flora White Willow Bark Extract - 30 Capsules
Herb Pharm Willow Bark Extract - 1 oz.
Nature’s Herbs Willowprin - 30 Capsules

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