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Willow Salix spp


Family: Salicaceae

---Synonyms--- Willow, White Willow

--Parts Used--- Bark

Active Compounds:

Phenolic glycosides; salicin, picein and triandrin, with esters of salicylic acid and salicyl alcohol, acetylated salicin, salicortin and salireposide

Miscellaneous; tannins, catechin, p-coumaric acid and flavonoids

---Medicinal Actions and Uses--

Actions : Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, tonic.

Useful for:

headache (tension)
rheumatoid arthritis

The glycoside salicin, from which the body can split off salicylic acid, is the basis of the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of willow. The analgesic actions of willow are typically slow-acting but last longer than standard aspirin products. The bark is also high in tannins, suggesting that it may be of some use in gastrointestinal conditions. However, excessive use may also cause nausea and diarrhea.

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