Willowbark: Questions – Answers

Answers to Patients’ Frequently Asked Questions

What will this herb do for me?

Scientific studies have found that willowbark is a useful treatment for relieving pain in osteoarthritis and chronic backache. It may also relieve symptoms of headache and fever.

When will it start to work?

Studies using willowbark preparations in diseases characterised by joint pain have found that effects start within 1 week’s use.

Are there any safety issues?

Willowbark appears to be free of major side effects or drug interactions, but it should not be taken by people with salicylate sensitivity.