Willow: A natural painkiller

Willow is not only a wonderful tree, but it is also a very medicinal plant and can be used as a natural painkiller. Research into willow bark has led to the development of aspirin, currently the best-selling painkiller in the world.

Willow bark has previously been used as an alternative to aspirin and other chemical painkillers, and is considered one of the most effective natural painkillers. It can be bought in pharmacies in the form of strips, tinctures and powders, and all three forms are consumed in the same way – they dissolve in water. Modern research has shown that it is not the first effective treatment for headaches, lower back pain and pain caused by osteoarthritis. Even tea made from willow bark is considered a very effective painkiller.

How does a willow work?

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Inflammation in the human body causes numerous chemical reactions, and one of the most noticeable is the localized high blood pressure that comes with pain, swelling and redness. Another effect of inflammation is a rise in body temperature. Willow bark has the power to reduce acute inflammation, and the salicylic acid contained in it relieves pain, swelling and lowers body temperature. When salicin found in willow bark is digested it is converted to salicylic acid just like aspirin.

However, the amount of salicylic acid in the body after drinking a cup of willow tea is only one tenth of that found in the body after taking aspirin. For that reason, salicillin alone is not the reason why willow co-works against pain. Bark extract is a very complex mixture of potential biologically active components including flavonoids and antibacterial tannins.

Aspirin or willow?

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Willow bark has slightly more benefits than the pill itself. Some of them are that it does not damage the gastric mucosa and does not affect blood clotting, and it is generally known that apsirin reduces the possibility of clotting and that is one of the reasons why certain groups of people are not allowed to use it.

If you are allergic to aspirin, you should not take products based on willow bark, and some people have noticed side effects such as black stools, nausea and fatigue. If you are taking blood thinners, you should also avoid willow bark products.


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