Willow Bark As Alternative Medicine
Willow bark is known as "natural aspirin. It has been used for medicinal purposes since the time of Greek physician Hippocrates around 400 BC. Today it is used mainly as a natural pain killer for different ailments. These include colds, headache, arthritis, fever and rheumatism.
It does take a bit longer for willow bark to work than aspirin. However, it is shown to have a longer lasting effect. Willow bark is available commercially as tea leaf, powder, tablet, portion and capsule. The daily recommended dosage for taking willow bark is 100-250 mg every four hours.
If you are pregnant, willow bark is not recommended. Also if you are undergoing surgery please avoid taking willow bark two weeks before and after operation.