Major therapeutic interest
- Relieving arthritis pain;
- Relieving lumbar pain.
Other therapeutic interest / Traditional Use
- Relieving symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis;
- Relieving cold and flu symptoms;
- Reducing fever;
- Relieving menstrual pain;
- Relieving headaches;
- Relieving neuralgia;
- Soothing muscular pain.
Take the standard precautions recommended when using salicylates.
- Aspirin allergies;
- Gastrointestinal irritations or ulcers;
- Bleeding disorders;
- Significant anemia;
- Pregnancy and/or breastfeeding;
- Chronic gout;
- Kidney disorders;
- Children and teenagers under 18 years old with viral illnesses due to a risk of developing Reye’s syndrome (potentially fatal disease associated with aspirin use in this group).
- May enhance the effect of anticoagulant/antithrombotic drugs (Coumadin, Lovenox, heparin, etc.), antiplatelet drugs (Plavix, Ticlid), and of salicylic acid derivatives (acetylsalicylic acid or ASA, aspirin, Entrophen, etc.) and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs (Voltaren, Ibuprofen [Advil, Motrin], Naprosyn, etc.), even though white willow extracts do not appear to have an effect on platelet aggregation.
Fresh or dried bark of the young (two or three year-old) branches
- Phenolic compounds (salicin, salicortin, salidroside, etc.), tannins, flavonoids.