White Willow Bark – Nature’s Pain Manager

White Willow Bark – Nature’s Pain Manager
February 12, 2016 Jae

White Willow Bark – Education Guide #141

White Willow Bark – Nature’s Pain Manager

White Willow Bark has a long history of being used therapeutically.  As early as the first century A.D., preparations made from the bark were used for pain.  In the twentieth century, European scientists began working with glucoside salicin, a critical ingredient found in Willow, to create a pain-management compound. Salicylic acid was the result. White Willow Bark was the first aspirin-like substance produced commercially for pain management.

Benefits include:

Pain Management

  • Has a strong analgesic affect
  • May provide pain relief for fevers, headaches, sciatic issues, arthritis, neuralgia
  • Beneficial for minor aches and injuries



  • Astringent properties assist in healing damaged tissue
  • Has an antiseptic quality which can be beneficial for infected wounds


Inflammation Fighter

  • Has a long track record of helping heal inflamed tissue
  • Helps minimize and heal the “feverish” aspect of inflammation


Stomach Discomfort

  • In its natural form, Willow can serve as a stomach tonic for sour stomach or heartburn
  • In its synthetic form, acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin), the opposite result may occur – loss of blood through the stomach walls


Nerve Support

  • Has been used as a valuable nerve sedative



  • May calm irritated interior lining of kidneys, urethra and bladder


Nutrient Source

  • White Willow Bark is an excellent source of magnesium


Parts of the plant used include for therapeutic purposes:  Bark

Information Sources:

“The Little Herb Encyclopedia, the Handbook of Natures Remedies for a Healthier Life” by Jack Ritchason N.D.

“Medical Herbalism – the Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine” by David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG

“Prescription for Herbal Healing” by Phyllis A. Balch


All Eureka Market Education Guides are intended for educational purposes only.  The guides are NOT intended to substitute for professional medical consultation and as such, do not diagnose, prescribe or offer personal medical advice.  Always consult with your health care professional before taking supplements with prescription medications.