What is White willow bark?

Category: Supplements


The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) and is thought to be responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb. It comes prepared as dried herb, powder and tincture.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 9 3
Inflammation 4 3
Fibromyalgia 3 3
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 1 0
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with White willow bark

Side effect Patients


Based on patients currently taking White willow bark

Dosage Patients
1 capsule(s) daily 1
400 mL twice daily 1
1tps. as needed 1
2capsule(s) as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking White willow bark

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1
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Currently taking White willow bark

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking White willow bark

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 0
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1 patient evaluation for White willow bark

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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 9 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See Firerose's full White willow bark history

Jun 6, 2011 (Started May 30, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA))
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 tps. Daily
Advice & Tips: I made this into a tea by boiling it on the stove and straining it into a mug. I took this herb for approximately 6-8 months & while I was drinking it, I noticed reduced swelling in affected joints. This herb should be available in your local health foods store, if you don't find it, ask and they will usually order some. I was able to do a little more some days while I was on this herb, the pains were a little better some days as well. The only reason I stopped it, was because I developed stomach and bowl cramping and some diarrhea & only slight nausea...no vomiting. Do your research before starting this herb & be aware that it contains Aspirin in its base form so if you are on any OTC or Prescription NSAID's, be careful and most important, talk to your dr before you start or while you are taking this herb. Be sure you tell him how much you are taking as well, I did. Good Luck!
Cost: < $25 monthly

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