Herbal Information for White Willow Bark in Cut Form
Common Name: White Willow Bark, Willow, Salicin Willow,
Botanical Name: Salix alba
Pin Yin: Bai Liu Pi
Other Ingredients: None, nothing has been added to this product
Package Size: 1lb (One Pound)
Brand: Starwest Botanicals
Form: Cut, Wildcrafted
Dosage: Follow doctor's instructions on how to use this herb
Brand: Starwest Botanicals
Cautions: Do not use if nursing or pregnant. Do not take if you are allergic to aspirin (allergic or sensitive to salicylates) or are taking anticoagulant drugs. Overdoses of willow bark may cause skin rash, stomach inflammation/irritation, nausea, vomiting, kidney inflammation, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Naturally Occurring Chemical Components: polyphenols and flavonoids
- Herbal Throat Support
- Promotes Natural Joint Flexibility
- First used in 400 BC to reduce inflammation
- Good to use in making capsules or tea. Can be made into a tincture too
About White Willow Bark
The bark of the stately white willow tree (Salix alba) has been used in China for centuries as a medicine because of its ability to relieve pain and to lower fevers. Early settlers in America found Native Americans gathering bark from indigenous willow trees for similar purposes.
White willow bark contains a naturally occurring chemical from which aspirin is derived (salicin). Salicin makes white willow bark the natural substitute for aspirin with all of the same benefits of the pharmaceutical drug without the harmful side effects. The salicylic acid in white willow bark reduces the body’s levels of prostaglandins, hormone-like compounds which are the basis for aches, pain, and inflammation. Research also shows that low levels of salicylates in the blood actually increase uric acid concentrations, whereas high levels of salicylates in the blood lower the uric acid level.
Scientific Studies on White Willow Bark
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, numerous studies have been conducted on white willow bark proving its effectiveness in remedying a variety of ailments. Studies suggest that willow bark may be useful for the following conditions: headaches, lower back pain, and osteoarthritis. Some herbalists also recommend white willow bark for menstrual cramps, fever, flu, tendinitis, and bursitis although no scientific studies have been proven for these conditions.
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About Starwest Botanicals Quality Control
Starwest Botanicals validated quality assurance testing includes:
• Organoleptic testing to ensure proper appearance, color, aroma and flavor.
• Microscopic and Macroscopic inspection for foreign matter.
• HPTLC for identification, to verify purity and authenticity.
• ICP-MS heavy metal analysis.
• Microbiology testing for pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella.
• Chemical analyses for moisture content, volatile oil, ash and acid insoluble ash.
Audits all suppliers yearly to assure they meet our GMP requirements
Samples are retained from all shipments are thoroughly tested and compared to our extensive reference library of dried herbs and botanicals to verify authenticity. All lot samples are kept for five years and can be traced for verification.
Starwest Botanicals utilizes not only their in-house laboratory, but also independent labs and consultants to guarantee their analyses are complete. Testing includes organoleptic analysis for aroma, color, flavor and texture. Physical testing involves moisture, volatile oil content, heavy metals, microbiology, thin layer chromatography, and other tests specific to each herb.
Burns-Millyard, Kathy. "All Natural Pain Relief." EZine, 10 Sept. 2005. <http://ezinearticles.com/?all-natural-pain-relief&id=70124>.
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