Organic White Willow Bark Powder
This botanical contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). In combination with the herb’s potent anti-inflammatory plant compounds (called flavonoids)
White Willow Bark– Willow bark comes from the willow tree of the Salix species. The bark contains salicin, a mixture similar to aspirin. Salicin is metabolized in the body to create salicylic acid, a precursor to aspirin. The herbal extract has long been used in native and folk medicine to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever. In the late 1800s, chemists discovered a way to make a synthetic version of salicylic acid, called acetylsalicylic acid, which we today know as aspirin. Alternative practitioners contend this botanical can safely treat a host of pain disorders, including headache, low back pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. There are even some who say that it can aid in weight loss. The growing popularity of natural medicines has fueled a renewed interest in willow bark. It is considered by some to be a reasonable alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, Advil (ibuprofen), or Aleve (naproxen). The current body of evidence suggests that willow bark may be most effective in treating acute low back pain. In a 2016 analysis published in the journal Spine, researchers evaluated 14 previously published studies on herbal treatments for low back pain.5 Among their findings, the researchers reported that the bark of this botanical (Salix alba) consistently provided greater pain relief than a placebo.