How does white willow help a chronic backache?

Ronald B. Tolchin, DO
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
White willow bark has been used as a treatment for chronic back pain. It contains the active ingredient salicin, a substance that is chemically related to aspirin. Clinical trials have found that taking white willow bark extract is effective in treating lower back pain.

But it is important to consult a doctor before taking any herbal remedies. For example, white willow should not be taken with aspirin or blood-thinning medications.

Generally, manufacturers of herbal remedies do not need federal government approval to sell their products. But these remedies can produce side effects.
White willow (salix alba) is a natural approach to chronic backache. The bark of the white willow tree is a source of salicin and other salicylates, compounds that are similar in structure to aspirin (acetyl salicylic acid).
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