White Willow Bark the Miracle Pain Reliever and Anti-inflammatory
Willow bark use as a medicine dates back to 400BC to the time of the Greek physician Hippocrates. Patients chewed the bark to reduce fever and inflammation.
Although many willow trees are considered medicinal, the bark of the white willow contains salicin. Salicin is chemically similar to aspirin. In the 1800’s, aspirin was derived from white willow bark. White willow bark also contains anti-inflammatory plant compounds called flavanoids that when combined with the high levels of salicin work as a powerful natural pain reliever and fever reducer.
White willow bark takes longer to bring pain relief but the relief lasts longer. In addition, white willow is less likely to cause side effects associated with ibuprofen or aspirin.
Keep some white willow bark extract in your medicine cabinet. If you have a headache or fever take a few capsules you will be surprised how much better you will feel.
White willow bark as an herbal remedy comes from two to three year old white willow trees (Salix alba). Its beneficial effects come from the salicin in the bark, which the body converts into salicylic acid, combined with the flavonoids present in it.
White willow bark eases pain and helps with inflammation. It also reduces fever, is an antiseptic, and has immune system heightening properties. White willow bark has been shown to help with the following conditions:
• Heart conditions
Taking small doses of white willow bark daily has been shown to play a part in reducing the risk of strokes or heart attacks in people who are at risk for them
White willow bark relieves the pain of headaches caused by stress, tension, and other non-migraine causes.
• Back Ache
In a University of Maryland Medical Center study researchers found that people with lower back pain experienced substantial improvement with white willow bark. Their pain was relieved better with 240 mg. doses as averse to 120 mg. doses.
White willow bark relieves the aches and pains associated with colds and influenza, and helps lower fevers that accompany these ailments.
• Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Studies have shown white willow bark’s efficacy in relieving neck, lower back, knee and hip pain associated with these conditions.
• PMS and Menstrual Cramps
Women who have greater levels of prostaglandins often experience more menstrual cramping and pain. These are lower abdominal sharp pains that occur sometimes immediately preceding a menstrual period, often during, and occasionally a day or so afterward. They vary in intensity, but can often be calmed substantially with white willow bark.
Ways to take white willow bark
• As a tea
Use white willow bark tea when you want to ingest smaller amounts of white willow bark.
• In capsules
Capsules are helpful when you are traveling, at work, or in public areas.
• With a vaporizer
Vaporizing white willow bark is an excellent way to get benefits of its pain and inflammation relief more quickly than through ingesting it.
White willow bark can effectively help with pain and inflammation.
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