Studies have found that white willow bark supplementation can help to significantly ease pain and discomfort caused as a result of various ailments and health issues, including headache, muscular, and joint pain and discomfort. Read the full product description for more information.
- 1 What is White Willow Bark?
- 2 How does it work?
- 3 What are the benefits of using White Willow Bark Supplements?
- 3.1 Treats bursitis
- 3.2 Treats headaches and migraines
- 3.3 Treats arthritis
- 4 How and when should it be consumed?
- 5 What can it be stacked with?
- 6 White Willow Bark Ingredients
- 6.1 Per Capsule
- 7 Potential side effects
What is White Willow Bark
Since around 500 B.C white willow bark has been used for medicinal purposes, where it was, and still is, a common ingredient found in traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM for short. Believe it or not, but it actually contains virtually the exact same chemical medicinal properties as standard everyday aspirin, making it absolutely ideal for pain and discomfort relief. In the past, white willow bark was primarily consumed by being drank, as the bark was boiled in water for 2 – 3 minutes before being consumed. Nowadays however, it is far more common for white willow bark to be consumed in supplement form, usually via capsules.
How does it work?
White willow bark works in a variety of different ways, though mainly its primary function is to provide relief from pain and discomfort. For example, white willow bark has been proven to help alleviate headaches and migraines, due to the fact that it contains Salicylic acid, which is commonly in the form of salicin, which is then converted into salicylic acid once it is absorbed internally by the body. Because of this, it is considered much gentler and much more forgiving on the gastrointestinal system. One of the main ways in which it is able to help alleviate pain and discomfort, is down to the fact that it contains a number of anti-inflammatory compounds that can ease inflammation, and can therefore help to reduce pain. Headaches, arthritis, osteoporosis, and general joint aches and pains can be treated and improved thanks to white willow bark. It can even help treat bursitis, which is when sacks, filled with fluid on and around the joints, become swollen and inflamed. The effects of white willow bark extract are very similar to those associated with aspirin, which is not surprising as the two are so very similar to one another.
What are the benefits of using White Willow Bark supplements?
Some of the primary benefits associated with white willow bark supplements include the following:
As mentioned previously, bursitis is a condition which is very painful, that occurs when protective fluid-filled sacks on and around the joints, become swollen and inflamed. White willow bark extract however, contains a number of anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for treating and preventing inflammation.
Treats headaches and migraines
Just like aspirin, white willow bark extract is a supplement that is very beneficial when it comes to treating headaches and migraines. Again, headaches and migraines are often caused via swelling and inflammation in and around the head, which can sometimes become so severe that it can lead to a person becoming virtually immobile. The inflammation and swelling that causes these conditions however, is often alleviated and reduced altogether as a result of white willow bark supplementation, so if you suffer with headaches or migraines, this supplement is ideal.
Another great benefit of this supplement is the fact that it has been proven to help to treat arthritis pain and discomfort, which again, is down mainly to the fact that it provides so many anti-inflammatory benefits.
Other benefits include:
- Reduces swelling and inflammation
- Treats and prevents headaches and migraines
- Assists with pain management
- Treats and prevents bursitis
- Can help to ease lower back pain
- Eases muscular and joint pain
- And more...
How and when should it be consumed?
Health Canada Recommended Dose (capsules): Adults: 1 Capsule(s) 1 - 3 time(s) per day.
What can it be stacked with?
White willow bark can be stacked with virtually any other supplement you could possibly imagine, though some stacks are more popular than others. For general health and well-being, a great stack would include: white willow bark, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine, zinc, B vitamins with added iron.
White Willow Bark Ingredients
Ingredients Per Capsule
Medicinal Ingredients (per capsule): White willow (Salix alba, Young branch bark) .............................................. 500 mg (15 Percent Salicin, 4 : 1, QCE 2000 Milligrams)
Potential side effects
As with all new supplements, always consult your doctor before using any new products, and discontinue usage if you experience any adverse side effects. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use this supplement, as not enough is yet known about its safety. Although considered safe and very beneficial, some users have experienced adverse side effects when using this product, especially when the recommended daily intake was exceeded. For those reasons, potential side effects associated with this product, include the following:
- Digestive upset
- Stomach upset
- Stomach cramps
Caution: Not intended for children, pregnant, or breastfeeding women. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you have health conditions. Store in a cool dry place away from children. Do not use if seal is broken.
Allergy Statement: This product is made in a facility that handles milk products, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.
Disclaimer: The above description does not constitute medical advice and is for informational purposes only and has not been evaluated by Health Canada, CFIA, or FDA. Please consult a properly licensed medical professional before consuming nutritional supplements. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.