Information on White Willow

Latin NameSalix alba
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsCapsule, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Digestive system, Nervous system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoThe willows are a large group of shrubs or trees from the Willow family found in wet places, with unisexual flowers in spikes called catkins.
DescriptionWhite willow bark is widely known as a headache remedy. It has long been used to reduce fever in colds and flu and, due to its anti-inflammatory effects, relieve pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and rheumatism. It contains salicin, which is a naturally-occurring salicylate. Common aspirin is a close relative, though today aspirin is entirely synthesized from petroleum by-products. Willow bark is much milder and not as fast-acting as aspirin; the literature strongly suggests that it will not produce the same side effects as aspirin, such as stomach bleeding and Raynaud's disease.

White Willow has a taste of BITTER, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL.


Powder1 capsule 2-3 x daily
Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by White Willow

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Feverfebrifuge, analgesiccapsule, tea
Rheumatism, chronicanti-inflammatorycapsule, tea
Arthritisantiinflammatorytea, capsule
Fluimmune-modulating;antiinflammatorytea, extract in capsules, tincture


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