Generic: Willow bark
treats Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Lower back pain, and Headache
EvidenceDISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Willow bark is a traditional analgesic (pain relieving) therapy for osteoarthritis. Several studied have confirmed this finding. Additional study comparing willow bark to conventional medicinal agents for safety and effectiveness is warranted.
Lower back pain:
White willow has been compared to placebo and to cyclooxygenase- 2 inhibitors, and many of the studies found willow bark to be as effective or superior to other methods. Cost effectiveness studies have also been performed between white willow bark and conventional treatment, and found that willow bark was more cost effective. Additional study would help make a strong recommendation.
Willow bark has traditionally been used to treat an array of inflammatory conditions, including headache. One study investigated a salicin topical cream for the treatment and/ or prevention of migraine and tension- type headache. Although early study is promising, additional study is needed to draw a firm recommendation.
There is good evidence that willow bark may be effective in treating chronic pain from osteoarthritis; however, willow bark extract did not show efficacy in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Additional study is needed to make a firm recommendation.
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Analgesic (pain reliever), ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine), anti- inflammatory, antioxidant, antiplatelet, antipyretic (fever reducer), antiseptic, antiviral, cancer, colds, colorectal cancer, connective tissue disorders, coronary artery disease prevention, diabetes, fever, gout (foot inflammation), headache, inflammation, joint inflammation, labor pain, leukemia, malaria, menstrual cramps, myocardial infarction (heart attack), sore throat, sprains, tendonitis, toothache, warts.