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Willow, Salix alba

Family:

Salicaceae

Found in:

Medicinal Garden

By Daniel Fuchs [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Willow [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Medicinal Garden information:

Willow bark contains a chemical called salicin that is similar to aspirin. It is used to treat headache, muscle pain and osteoarthritis.

Some species of willow are high in salicin content which is an effective analgesic for osteoarthritis; Salicin seems to inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 mediated prostaglandin release, thus exhibiting pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects.

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