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a kind of dietary supplement made from the leaves, flowers, seeds and other parts of plants…

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White Willow Bark– Aspirin is a synthetic form of phenolic glycoside, while white willow bark is a natural form. The salicin in white willow is thought by most to be much safer and less toxic while still having the same anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning benefits of aspirin. Both aspirin and white willow bark inhibit the inflammatory prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormone-like compounds in the body that are associated with joint pain and menstrual cramping.

7lovejohnson-her-survival-kit-herbsThe most common usage of white willow bark is for the relief of headaches, back pain and joint pain. It is quite effective at helping individuals manage acute and chronic inflammatory joint conditions such as osteoarthritis. It is also great at helping to reduce menstrual cramping, and herbalists recommend that women begin taking it a week or two before the start of menses so that it is effective during the pre-menstrual cycle.

The bark of the white willow tree contains salicin, which is a chemical very similar to acetylsalicylic acid, otherwise known as aspirin. The salicin and the antioxidant flavonoids found in the bark are thought to be the major contributors to the pain-relieving effects of the herb. White willow bark’s pain-relieving effect is slower but more long-lasting than aspirin.

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