What is Salix Alba?

Salix alba is an herbal remedy that has been used for thousands of years to treat back pain as well as pain in various areas in the body.

It is known as the white willow and is found in the cold, northern regions of Europe and Asia. It is named for its thin, drooping leaves and white bark.The leaves of the salix alba have been used in teas to reduce inflammation and combat headaches, backaches and neckaches.

The salix alba tree grows quickly and does not live very long due to its susceptibility to disease. Despite this, it has survived in the harsh northern regions of Europe for many years, and many have benefited from its pain management properties.

Salix alba is an herbal pain remedy, and as such, its effects have not been as thoroughly researched by scientists or doctors. However, it plays an important role in the production of aspirin, and it continues to be used both in tea form and ground into pill form. Salix alba can befound in health food stores.

Conditions Treated by Salix Alba

If you have back pain, you may consider taking salix alba directly. It is best for inflammation-based pain and serves as a natural form of aspirin that is milder on the stomach.

Salix alba is also useful for:

  • Upper back and neck pain– If your upper back and neck are in pain due to tension or stress, salix alba can help reduce the muscle inflammation.
  • Lower back pain – If you are suffering from lower back pain due to inflamed joints and muscles, a common symptom of post-surgical pain or arthritis,salix alba can help treat the pain.
  • Fibromyalgia – While salix alba will not treat the root cause of fibromyalgia, it helps reduce the pain temporarily for certain periods of time.


You can get salix alba in a 60mg tablet or pill form. Typically, you will take one pill every few hours until the pain goes away. It is milder than aspirin, so you can take more and still be fine.

Side Effects

Because salix alba is an herbal medication, it is not without side effects. While it has fewer than those found in synthetic substances like aspirin, it is still a drug and should be taken with caution.

Some side effects of salix alba include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Stomachache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Black stool

If you have gastrointestinal ulcers or kidney disease, you should avoid taking excess quantities of salix alba. Additionally, anyone suffering from asthma or allergies to NSAIDs should avoid salix alba.

Always speak with your doctor before beginning any herbal regimen to resolve back pain.

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