Nutritional Supplements Library
White Willow bark
What is white willow bark?
It is a member of salicaceae.It can grow up to 75 feet tall. Bark of white willow tree is source of salicin and other salicylates which is used as natural alternative to asprin.Willow Bark is also known by the names White Willow, Black Willow, and Crack Willow. The medicinal use of willow bark dates back to the Greek physician Hippocrates (400 B.C.), who advised his patients to chew on willow bark to reduce fever and inflammation. It became really popular in the 1800's-so popular that it caught the interest of the German company Bayer. Bayer found a created a synthetic derivative called acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) and mass-produced it.
What is the effective dosage of white willow bark supplementation?
General dosing guidelines for willow bark are as follows:
• Dried herb (used to make tea): boil 1 - 2 tsp of dried bark in 8 oz of water and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes; let steep for ? hour; drink 3 - 4 cups daily
• Powdered herb (available in capsules) or liquid: 60 - 240 mg of standardized Salicin per day; talk to your doctor before taking a higher dose
• Tincture (1:5, 30% alcohol): 4 - 6 mL three times per day
What are the benefits of white willow bark supplementation?
• Willow bark is used to ease pain and reduce inflammation, and there is good evidence that it is effective as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
• It also reduces fever.
• It may enhance fat loss.
What are the side effects of white willow bark supplementation?
A side effect of willow bark includes gastrointestinal irritation and ulcers.
• Salicylates are not recommended during pregnancy, so pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take willow bark.
• Because willow bark contains salicin, people who are allergic or sensitive to salicylates (such as aspirin) should not use willow bark.