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Natural Pain Relief With White Willow Bark

by Health News

Natural Pain ReliefWhether you’re a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior or just have joint pain, you’ve probably tried many different medicines in your quest for relief. Did you know that the white willow bark extract has natural anti-inflammatory properties?

White willow, more commonly known as willow bark or Salix alba, contains a compound known as salicin, the precursor of the pain-killing and anti-inflammatory drug, aspirin. Because of this, it is often used to treat ailments like muscle pain, headaches, inflammation and fever. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes* that it may also help to alleviate joint pain and inflammation. White willow works slowly, but according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center**, its therapeutic effects last longer than aspirin as the body converts the salicin to salicylic acid.

Another advantage? While aspirin and other standard NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) are contraindicated in people taking anticoagulant drugs (blood thinners), there is in-vitro evidence that white willow might be a safer alternative to usual NSAIDs because it contains tannins. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center**, “The tannins have astringent properties, and in vitro tests show that salicin and salicortin inhibit cyclooxygenase, and an irreversible inhibition of thrombocytes is unlikely. Therefore, no increased interaction with anticoagulants should occur.”

Are you ready for natural joint pain relief? Talk to your healthcare professional about incorporating white willow bark into your nutritional supplement regimen.

Source:
* http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/osteoarthritis-000118.htm
** http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/willow-bark

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