A tasty tea that can help alleviate mild to moderate pain over the course of the day without making you feel drowsy.
My tea contains 4 simple but extremely effective, carefully balanced herbs that can help ease pain and joint inflammation.
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.
What are the Benefits of Alfalfa?
Alfalfa has been used by the Chinese since the sixth century to treat several health conditions. It is considered the richest land source of trace minerals. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients Alfalfa makes an amazing herbal remedy. Its specific benefits include:
Curing kidney problems, and relieving fluid retention and swelling.
Curing auto-immune disorder.
Nourishing the digestive, skeletal, glandular and urinary system.
Cleansing the blood, liver and bowel.
Lowering cholesterol levels.
Healing whooping cough.
Ingredients, white willow bark , chamomile, alfalfa and ginger root.