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19 June 2009

Slimming herbs - White willow bark

Example
White willow bark contains salicin, the same chemical aspirin is derived from.

Effects
Prevents pain. Prostaglandin inhibitor.

Side effects/Caution
Nausea, vomiting, bleeding ulcers, severe reactions in asthmatics, kidney damage, dizzyness, anaemia, skin eruptions, bronchospasm, breathlessness, prevents blood clotting. Reye's syndrome in children.

Contra-indications
Pregnancy and lactation, young children, patients with peptic ulcers, anaemia, haemophilia or kidney disease, and those taking anticoagulant therapy.
 
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