Nature's natural aspirin with added herb and spice additions to help speed your recovery. The woody taste of willow bark is vastly improved with the addition of warming, spicy sarsaparilla and cinnamon, while the marshmallow protects and soothes the stomach. Apple adds a touch of sweetness.
White Willow Bark - Therapeutic Uses, Benefits and Claims
- White willow is the original Aspirin, and has the same indications as its synthetic counterpart. Where these two compounds differ though, is that white willow is milder on the stomach lining than its Aspirin and has a reduced anticoagulant action.
- This herb has been used for millennia for natural pain relief and reducing fever and inflammation, and recent studies are proving the traditional indications of white willow to be correct. In the herbal treatment of rheumatoid arthritics and lower back pain, a daily dose of 3 x 60mg standardised white willow tablets led to a dramatic reduction in other pain medication being required. Over an eight week period, 97% of participants reported a reduction in their pain and 18% reported no pain at all.
- White willow bark is one of the herbs used for migraine and headache treatment. The use of white willow bark is also indicated for fibromyalgia, post surgical pain, chrohns and any condition characterized by pain and inflammation. The active compounds in white willow, called salicylate glycosides, work as an effective anti-inflammatory by interfering with pain transmission in the nervous system and by treating the cause of inflammation.
- While it is understood to have an anticoagulant action similar to Aspirin, this action is greatly reduced in white willow but still warrants supervision if using synthetic anticoagulants. The long term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has become a cause for concern due to its effect on the gastro intestinal tract, where bleeding, gastric erosion and more recently, cardiac problems are potential side effects. The benefit of using white willow is that reduction in NSAIDs is achievable, and that they can still be used to reduce pain as required
Sarsaparilla fruit was once used to make popular sarsaparilla soft drinks, which has a taste similar to root beer. Sarsaparilla has also been used by herbalists in traditional medicine for hundreds of years because of its medicinal properties. Herbalists have used sarsaparilla’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and toxin binding properties to purify the blood and treat skin conditions. Sarsaparilla is also nutritious and contains vitamins A, B-complex, C and D, and minerals iron, manganese, sodium, silicon, sulfur, copper, Zinc, and iodine.
Sarsaparilla has been used in traditional medicine to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and leprosy, rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain, headaches, colds, and sexual impotence. Scientific studies done on sarsaparilla have isolated compounds responsible for its medicinal properties.
Marshmallow. Coating properties of Marshmallow leaves for reducing irritation are used by herbalists as poultice to treat inflamed areas. Herbalists use Marshmallow leaf for perianal inflammation caused by severe diarrhea(when taken orally). Use of Althaea officinalis or marshmallow leaf for pain relief and to enhance healing process is recommended by herbalists. Marshmallow (Althaea) leaves for cough and sore throat is a useful remedy. Calming effect of Marshmallow leaf on body can be experienced by smoking and drinking. Marshmallow leaves as supplement for respiratory ailments are recommended because it may help the body expel excess fluid and mucus.(helps in expelling Phlegm from Respiratory Tract). Althaea (Marshmallow) leaf for bladder infection is used in traditional medicine. Marshmallow leaf (Althea Officinalis) for medicine and leaf salad which has been used to help to relieve digestive disorders in european and asian counteries, is favored by herbalists. Use of Marshmallow Leaf in kidney problems and fluid retention is practiced traditionally.