White Willow Bark

Botanical  Information

The use of willow bark dates back thousands of years, to the time of Hippocrates (400 BC) when patients were advised to chew on the bark to reduce fever and inflammation. The willow family includes a number of different species of deciduous trees. The willow bark sold in the US is typically a combination of the bark from white, purple and cracked willows.

Features & Benefits

  • Researchers believe that the salicin, found in willow bark, is responsible for the pain relieving and inflammation reducing effects
  • Willow bark appears to be effective for back pain
  • Willow bark has been shown to relieve headaches, with less gastrointestinal side effects than other pain relievers
  • Several studies have shown that willow bark is more effective at reducing pain from osteoarthritis than a placebo

Suggestions & Precautions

  • White willow bark should not be taken with aspirin or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen. In combination, the chances of side effects such as stomach bleeding are increased.
  • Higher than commonly recommended doses can cause stomach upset, nausea, or tinnitus
  • Avoid white willow bark if there is a sensitivity to aspirin, or in the presence of an ulcer or other gastrointestinal disorder

2 Comments

  1. Carol S Azbell on at

    White willow bark………….How much is it and how is it dispensed?

    • Jen Klama on at

      Hi Carol,
      White Willow is available in supplement form. We have it as a capsule and also available in tincture. We’d love to see you in our store to answer more questions and help you find what you need!
      Thank you

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