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;
  • Asthma;
  • 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).

Drug Interactions

Suspected interactions

  • 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.

Parts used

Fresh or dried bark of the young (two or three year-old) branches

Main constituents

  • Phenolic compounds (salicin, salicortin, salidroside, etc.), tannins, flavonoids.

Other names

Salix alba