Many experience chronic back pain or inflammatory conditions. They often don’t think twice about reaching for a bottle of Aspirin or Advil.
With new research about the dangers of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS), many are now looking for safer alternatives to help them alleviate their chronic pain and occasional aches and pains.
White willow bark has been found to work for multiple pain-related conditions as well as inflammation.
There are many properties in the white willow bark that may be responsible for the pain fighting properties. Not only is the salicin (the active ingredient in white willow bark extract) thought to be effective, but other ingredients like the flavonoids and polyphenols may be contributing to the effects felt by those who take white willow bark.
The adverse effects of white willow bark are minimal. This is especially true when directly comparing the side effects of white willow bark to the side effects of NSAIDS. The area of concern is the likelihood of allergy or sensitivities to the white willow bark.
Low Back Pain
Treating unspecified lower back pain can be hard. Learning new and alternative treatments for lower back pain can help provide new options when patients do not want to take stronger medications.
White willow bark has been clinically tested against medications like Vioxx (NSAID) and was found to be as effective as Vioxx. Considering that white willow bark has fewer complications than NSAIDS, this can be good news for patients who have been on long-term NSAID therapy.
While white willow bark is available in teas and powdered forms, the extract is typically what is used.
White willow bark should not be used in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Also, children should not be given white willow bark because there is a risk of developing Reye’s syndrome. If you have a bleeding disorder white willow bark may increase the risk of bleeding. Those with kidney disease or with sensitivity to Aspirin should also avoid using white willow bark.
Because of the effects that white willow bark can have on bleeding and blood clotting, you should stop using this herb at least 2 weeks before surgery. Let your doctor know if you have been taking white willow bark so that they can be aware of the possible complications during any medical procedures.
Now you have all of the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not you should consider using white willow bark to handle your inflammatory condition or lower back pain.
This herbal remedy has been clinically shown to be effective and may be a good alternative to NSAIDS. For those concerned with the risks associated with taking white willow bark make sure to discuss any interactions or side effects with your health care provider.