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Natural Headache Reliever – White Willow

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on May 15, 2013 by Paulina Nelega, RH

white willowWhite Willow has been used as medicine dating at least as far back as Hippocrates and ancient Greece, when people were advised to chew on the bark to relieve pain and fever.

The bark of White Willow (Salix alba) contains salicin, similar to salicylic acid, the active compound in over-the-counter ‘aspirin’ and other acetylsalicylic (ASA) products.

Salicin in White Willow bark is converted to salicylic acid in the body, and works in the same fashion as its synthetic counterpart, ASA. It is anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving), and indicated for many of the same uses as aspirin including headaches, muscle and joint aches and general body pain, fever, and inflammation.

For more information on the benefits of White Willow bark, visit: White Willow extract

(Caution: If you are on any medications, always consult your doctor first before using any herbal remedies or dietary supplements.)

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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