Product code: P23065
- Extracted from the bark of theSalix alba L.
- 15% Salicin
Willow bark extract has been used for at least 2,000 years. It contains salicin which is a glucoside that is converted to salicylic acid in the body. It is from this herb, along with Meadowsweet, that Bayer formulated the drug known as aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). So, it can be easily substituted for aspirin without the side effects of the drug.
Willow bark extract is used for the symptomatic relief of headaches, fevers, sciatica, arthritic/rheumatic/neuralgic pains, heartburn, and stomach ailments. As a tonic and astringent, it is used for the treatment of worms, chronic diarrhea and dysentery. As an external wash, it is used for wounds, sores, burns, skin eruptions, as an eyewash, as a footwash for sweaty feet, and as a mouthwash for sore throat and inflammation of the gums/tonsils. The white willow was introduced into the United States form Europe and can be found next to rivers and streams throughout the country. The bark is the part of the willow used, and is easily removed in the spring when the sap begins to flow.
Willows have been used for centuries for pain relief and reduction of fever. The leaves can be chewed, and contain salicylic acid. This compound has been synthesized into acetylsalicylic acid, otherwise known as aspirin.
Natural salicylic acid is nearly as potent as aspirin, however, the compound salicin from willow does not cause gastric or intestinal upset or bleeding as aspirin can, This is because willow does not block prostaglandins in the stomach or intestines.