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The History of White Willow Bark: A Snapshot
Aspirin's active ingredient, salicin, is found in willow trees, which is how Willow Bark became infused in the medical traditions of ancient Sumer, Assyria, Egypt, Greece, China, the Native Americans and other cultures.
In 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, recommended it for pain relief and childbirth. In the mid-18th century, it was discovered that Willow Bark could ease fever and inflammation. In 1853, Willow Bark was chemically synthesized creating acetylsalicylic acid and in 1897, the pharmaceutical company Bayer began marketing it as a pain reliever called Aspirin.
White Willow Bark offers a natural alternative to dangerous, synthetic chemicals and addresses discomfort associated with muscle & joint pain, arthritis, headaches, cramping and more.
Its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties make it a popular ingredient in skincare products on the market today.
And since salicin does not affect blood platelet aggregation, it provides a natural pain-relieving effect without affecting the clotting time, meaning it can be used in conjunction with blood thinners.
The majority of over-the-counter products are full of harmful toxins, parabens and other ingredients that negatively affect hormones, especially with prolonged use. Don’t just take our word for it - Google the warnings and side effects of your current popular cream and see if they match any of the below:
- May take up to two months to work.
- Can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke.
- Not safe to drink alcohol.
- May cause vision changes, heartbeat changes, tremors and trouble breathing.
- Made from the fat of a flightless bird.
- Not safe to take while pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive.
- Can cause severe dizziness or trouble breathing.
- Can cause stomach or intestinal bleeding.
- Can increase pain 24-hours after exercising.Do not apply this medication immediately before or after activities such as bathing, swimming, sun bathing, or heavy exercise.
- Do not use a heating pad on the affected area.
- May cause rash, itching and swelling, especially of the face, tongue and throat.
- Prolonged use may irritate the skin, causing eczema, peeling, blisters, or other skin conditions.