Chewing on The Bark of White Willow Tree Alleviates Fever and Pain
Before aspirin was introduced, people would chew on the bark of the white willow tree to reduce fever and inflammation. White willow contains salicin, a chemical similar to acetylsalicylic acid found in today’s aspirin. In fact, in the early 1800s salicin was used to make Aspirin. The tree has anti-inflammatory effects and although it may be slower acting, the effects of salicin in white willow are longer lasting than Aspirin.
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