Both Aspirin and willow bark can ease your back pain woes. The difference between them is willow bark won't cause any harmful side-effects to your body.
Dr. Sigrun Chrubasik, a researcher at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She's in the Department of Forensic Medicine. And she is Research Coordinator of the Herbal Drugs Working Group.
Dr. Chrubasik is an expert on natural remedies for back pain. Today, let's look at what she discovered about the tree bark. Her findings appeared in the American Journal of Medicine.
An All-Natural Alternative to Aspirin
Dr. Chrubasik and her team enrolled 210 patients in the trial. They all had chronic lower back pain. They were randomly selected to receive either a tree bark extract or a placebo. Some were given a low dose of the extract (120 mg). Others were given a high dose (240 mg). The trial lasted for four weeks.
By the end of the fourth week, 39% of those on the high dose were pain free. That's compared to only 21% in the low-dose group and 6% of those on the placebo.
In another randomized trial, Dr. Chrubasik's team compared the effects of the tree bark extract to rofecoxib. Robecoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that was marketed under the name Vioxx. The six-month trial involved 228 patients with acute lower back pain. Half were given 240 mg of the extract. Half were given the NSAID.
The result: About 60% of those in both groups responded well to treatment. After just four weeks, about 20 patients in each group reported being pain free. So the effects were virtually the same. But the NSAID was 40% more expensive than the extract.
Eurasian Tree Bark Used for 3,500 Years to Relieve Pain
The extract comes from the bark of a tree native to Europe and Asia. It's the white willow, also known as Salix alba. Its medicinal use was first recorded in the Ebers papyrus, an Egyptian document dating back about 3,500 years.
The ancient Egyptians and Assyrians used the leaves and bark of the tree to treat pain and inflammation. It's also been used through the years to treat toothache, menstrual cramps, sore throat, and influenza. And it continues to be an all-natural solution worldwide.
What makes it so effective? The salicin in white willow bark is a precursor to salicylic acid in the body. That reduces the production of prostaglandins, which are released when cells are injured. The prostaglandins induce inflammation and, thus, pain.
Like aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), willow bark can cause stomach discomfort. But, according to the Natural Standard, an authority on integrative medicine, that is unlikely to be a problem if you stick to a dose of 120 mg - 240 mg. It is safe to take the willow bark at that dose for as long as eight weeks. Still, you should use it under the supervision of a health care professional.
As Dr. Chrubasik has proven, willow bark extract could be your solution for back pain. It's all-natural, inexpensive, and an effective alternative to prescription drugs.
Eurasian Tree Bark Brings Back-Pain Relief
2,400 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, found many uses for a powder made from the bark of a tree. It was his remedy of choice for everything from headaches to fever to gout to the pain of childbirth.
Although the ancient Egyptians used tree bark to treat inflammation, but it was the Greek physician Hippocrates, considered by many to be the “Father of Medicine,” who really put it on the map. He found it was so effective in eliminating pain of all kinds that he felt compelled to write about it – way back in the 5th century BC.
Now the tree bark offers hope for people suffering from lower back pain.
It wasn't until the 1800s that scientists identified the active ingredient in the powder. It was a compound called salicin. And they used it to develop aspirin, the wonder drug of the 19th century.
History remembered Hippocrates, but forgot one of his most crucial discoveries. Until now.
It turns out that white willow bark contains salicin. This natural pain fighter is similar to the active ingredient in aspirin, but with a crucial difference: it doesn’t do any harm to your body.
Aspirin’s active ingredient, acetylsalicylic acid, is a synthetic compound. Under a microscope it looks like salicin. But the similarities end there.
Aspirin’s fine for the occasional headache. But if you take it regularly, you’re putting your health in serious jeopardy. It delivers a jolt to your system that can do lasting damage over time.
Here are just a few of its clinically proven dangers:
• Gastrointestinal bleeding
• Major abdominal bleeding
• Pancreatic cancer
• Kidney failure
Salicin, on the other hand, is completely safe. Because it’s an organic compound, it works with your body to conquer chronic pain. Salicin absorbed by your body more slowly than aspirin, so it doesn’t “shock” your system. And because of its slow release action, it stays in your system longer and provides lasting relief – even better than prescription drugs.
Proofs that White Willow Bark Works Better Than Aspirin
• The American Journal of Medicine published a study where researchers split a set of chronic back pain sufferers into two groups. The first took white willow bark extract while the second took a sugar pill. White willow bark extract completely eliminated all pain in 39 percentof the first group. Only 6 percent of the second group experienced any pain relief.
• Scientists published a similar study in the journal Phytomedicine , using white willow bark with folks suffering from severe lower back pain over an 18-month period. In the white willow bark group, 40 percent were pain-free after only 4 weeks. The same was true for only 18 percent of the second group. And here’s the twist: the second group didn’t take white willow bark, but they were allowed to take whatever prescription drugs they wanted.
And that’s just a sample of the available clinical research. The fact is, white willow bark extract works for tension headaches, migraines, muscle and back pain, even arthritis.
More good news for your back pain problem
Introducing Dr.Sears own Back Pain Relief Formula
Dr.Sears formula contains a unique blend of completely natural, highly effective pain relievers, including natural sulfurs and ginger root.
• Sulfur has been known to cure pain for as long as white willow bark. Trojan warriors soaked in natural sulfur springs to heal joint pain.
• The Chinese have been using ginger root to treat chronic pain for centuries. Of course, neither of them have any side effects.
What’s more, both of these natural ingredients also enjoy a clinically proven track record. The prestigious British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study on arthritis of the knee and glucosamine sulfate, one of the key compounds in Dr.Sears formula.
Nearly 80 percent of people with joint pain experienced complete relief, and 70 percent showed improved joint movement. And a Danish study found that 100 percent of people given ginger root experienced complete relief from osteoarthritis pain.