What is Swanson Superior Herbs White Willow Bark?
If you allow yourself the occasional daydream then the romantically named White Willow tree (Salix Alba), probably conjures in your imagination a creature of rare and staggering beauty; true royalty of the arboreal world; the unsighted unicorn in a grove of mere cart horses. And you’d be right, sort of.
In truth, if you live in Europe, you’ve probably came across it more than once in your lifetime, they actually enjoy relatively common status. Sadly though, they rarely live up to that ghostly, noble conjuring projected by their exciting moniker.
Fortunately for us, their true beauty lies within. Its use actually dates back as far as Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who recommended it be chewed so as to relieve the symptoms of fever and inflammation. It turns out that he was onto something.
Assyrian, Greek and Egyptian manuscripts all reference the healing power of White Willow Bark. Naturally the ancient Chinese were wise to its potency and they used it to treat a range of conditions – chief amongst them, headaches.
Swanson Superior Herbs White Willow Bark contains a chemical called Salicin, which amazingly is very similar structurally to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). By combining with the herb’s incredible anti-inflammatory compounds (flavonoids), it is capable of pain relief and anti-inflammatory effect on par with many modern painkillers. In fact, in the 1800s, salicin was actually used to develop aspirin.
What is Swanson Superior Herbs White Willow Bark used for?
By acting much like an aspirin does, Swanson Superior Herbs White Willow Bark can help to ease common headaches in much the same way as its pharmaceutical cousin does. However, where White Willow Bark may be superior, is that studies have suggested it may release more slowly in our systems, providing a longer lasting effect.
Easing Arthritis and Bursitis Pain
We all know about Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. But another condition caused by the swelling of the joints is Bursitis. It occurs when the fluid-filled sacs which are located in the joints inflame. The result is pain and uncomfortable swelling. Swanson Superior Herbs White Willow Bark’s similarity to aspirin appears to help with these symptoms.
You may already know that some doctors recommend a regular daily dose of aspirin to improve cardiovascular health. Because Swanson Superior Herbs White Willow Bark works as an anti-inflammatory, its potential to do the same is very real. Problems such as hypertension can be relieved with just a little bit of this tonic in your daily routine. As an added benefit, Swanson Superior Herbs White Willow Bark doesn’t cause the gastrointestinal irritation inherent to aspirin, making it a truly viable alternative.