Natural Healing: Willow Bark Pain Relief

| May/June 2002

Willow bark’s (Salix spp.) long history as a pain reliever was reinforced in a study with nearly 200 people who had chronic low-back pain. Participants were able to combine willow with up to 400 mg of the prescription pain reliever tramadol. More than one-third of the participants who took 240 mg (standardized to the active ingredient salicin) and one-fifth of those taking a lower dose were pain-free by the last week of the month-long treatment. This is much higher than the 6 percent of those who ended up without pain in a placebo group.

Source: Chrubasik, S, et al. “Treatment of low back pain exacerbations with willow bark extract: A randomized double-blind study.” American Journal of Medicine 2000, 109: 9–14.

5/15/2014 8:57:00 AM

Hopefully Willow bark`s pain relieving properties will be studied more thoroughly and doctors will find better solutions on how to ease the discomfort and pain people suffering from back pain are having. My niece was involved in an acute pain management program, you can find more info on their, she used also willow bark extract for her low back pain exacerbations and the results were fantastic.

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