Does Weeping Willow Tree Bark Have Pain Relieving Properties?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Adam
Posted on: November 27, 2005

I have a question about willow tree bark and its pain relieving properties. Can any variety of willow be used for this? I have a weeping willow, and I was wondering if I could use its bark. Also, is there any specific part of the bark that you use, such as the inner bark or outer bark?

I worked on this for a long time and can’t get to a definitive answer.

Regarding species, it seems that Salix fragilis and S. purpurea are actually used more often and have a higher salicin content than S. alba and S. nigra. But I can’t find any medicinal references to weeping willow (S. babylonica).

Most of the texts say that the "bark" is used. Only one source said that the inner bark is used.

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