Treating Various Forms of Arthritis
A study of 78 patients suffering from osteoarthritis discovered that treating these patients with White Willow Bark gave a significant improvement and pain relief as compared to those who never received this treatment. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis characterized by severe pain as a result of joint cartilage breakdown, causing bones to rub against each other and stiffness. In addition, this ingredient reduces joint deformity, which accompanies swelling, joint pain and redness, a condition called rheumatoid arthritis. Treatments in this category are particularly essential to older people, obese and those with weak thigh muscles.
Studies indicate that this product can prevent the contraction of muscles in the head and neck. This condition is known as tension headache and can cause moderate pain in the head, neck, and behind the eyes particularly after working with a computer for long hours or during cold temperatures. In addition, compared with other ingredients such as cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors and placebo, this ingredient proves superior to the above health benefits and in relieving lower back pain.
The ingredients that White Willow Bark contains like salicin are said to increase the effects and activity of some of the ingredients used in dietary supplements. A good example is thermogenics Thermogenics are the main ingredients present in weight loss supplements, and they act by boosting the rate of metabolism and fat burning process. The result is weight loss and fitness maintenance. However, these ingredients alone have no effect on weight loss. They should be supplemented with regular physical activity and low-calorie diets.
Other health benefits include preventing symptoms of fever, tendonitis, menstrual cramps, bursitis, and flu.
Individuals aged 18 years and above should boil two teaspoons of dried herb in 8 ounces of water and take it three times per day. If the dosage is in capsules, liquid, and powder form, taking about 60 to 240 milligrams of standardized salicin each day is fair. Follow your doctor’s prescription always.
Children especially those with chickenpox, influenza, varicella, or any identifiable viral infection should avoid this ingredient altogether.
How safe is White Willow Bark?
If taken in the right dosage, this herb does not cause any serious side-effects such as irritation and gastrointestinal problems experienced in some anti-inflammatory drugs, e.g. aspirin. The reason this product proves to be so safe is because its salicin content converts to salicylic acid only after absorbed into the bloodstreams, unlike many anti-inflammatory agents. In addition, the daily White Willow Bark dosage is so small as compared to that of aspirin.
However, overdosing can cause conditions such as vomiting, tinnitus, kidney inflammation, stomach inflammation, and skin rash. In addition, persons who are hypersensitive to aspirin should avoid White Willow Bark at all costs. This category includes patients with diabetes, liver or kidney conditions, impaired clotting, gout, asthma, peptic ulcer disease, and vitamin K antagonistic treatment.
If you are also pregnant, it is advisable to wait until you are through with child care (giving birth and breastfeeding) to think of using Willow-containing products.