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Besides reducing fever, White Willow is strongly anti-inflammatory. Research has shown that the salicin in White Willow is not converted to salicylic acid until after it leaves the stomach, thus the salicylic acid does not irritate the stomach lining or anything else. Clinical trials have repeatedly shown that natural Willow Bark is more effective than aspirin because of other active compounds that are found in the bark but processed out of any drug made from the bark and not present at all in the synthetic versions. Several studies show that Willow is more effective at reducing pain from osteoarthritis than placebos. In a small study of people with osteoarthritis of the neck or lower back, those who received the Willow Bark experienced significant improvement in symptoms compared to those who received the placebo.
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