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White Willow Bark  Salix alba

See Cautions below in RED

Dosage: 1 - 2 capsules as needed

Contains salicin and tannin

White Willow bark is the source of salicin (related to aspirin). It is used as an anti-inflammatory which helps to eliminate excess fluids in the body, and useful because of this for rheumatism and arthritis with inflammation and pain. It is a fever reducing, antiseptic (malaria), pain reliever. It is helpful for aches, pains, fevers, and swellings. It may be a much safer alternative to daily aspirin. It is converted gradually to salicylic acid within the body.

Excellent for headaches and migraines especially in a combination with Lemon Balm and German Chamomile. It is effective with migraine headaches because low dose aspirin has been shown to significantly reduce attacks when taken at the first onset of migraine pain.

As a substitute for aspirin, a capsule a day wards off heart attach and stroke because of its blood thinning qualities which reduce the risk of heart attach and stroke by reducing the likelihood of the internal blood clots that trigger these medical emergencies. This is because White Willow Bark is a blood thinner.

Aspirin upsets some people's stomachs, but most herbalists say White Willow Bark rarely causes this problem. If stomach upset, nausea, or ringing in the ears develops, reduce your dose or discontinue use. A low dosage of White Willow bark is all that is usually needed for pain, etc

According to the American Cancer Society researchers, the same low aspirin dose that helps prevent heart attach and stroke also significantly reduces deaths from four digestive tract cancers: tumors of the esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum.

White Willow taken as a tincture (1 teaspoon in water at night) is effective in cotnroling hot flashes and night sweats.

For children under 18 who have colds, flu, or chicken pox who take aspirin, they are at rish for Reye's syndrome, a potentially fatal condition. White Willow has never been linked to Reye's syndrome. Begin with low strength doses for children.

Heart attack, stroke, cancer and migraines are serious conditions requiring professional care. If you would like to use White Willow Bark in addition to standard therapies, discuss it with your health care provider.

Caution: White Willow Bark is a blood thinner. Do not take if you are on perscription blood thinning medicine such as Coumadin.

White Willow Bark may be irritating to the digestive system. Persons with known sensitivity to aspirin may wish to exercise caution although there is no evidence these type reactions have ever occurred with the natural preparations from the Salix species.

Substitute for White Willow Bark: A good and safe substitute for pain relief is meadowsweet herb which also contains salicylin and can be used to staunch mild stomach hemorrhaging even though the salicylates can cause such problems because Meadowsweet has a soothing, mucilage wich lines the stomach, preventing erosion of the stomach wall, but allowing the anti-inflammatory properties of the salicylates to be utilized.

Pregnant women and those with chronic gastrointestinal conditions such as ulcers, colitis or Chrohn's disease should not use White Willow Bark.            

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