An article in The Express says that if your back pain is not letting up, then willow bark extract may help. Taking any form of herbal supplements for back pain should be talked about through your GP in the first instance but herbal medicines are widely used for the treatment of pain, although there is often a scarcity of research supporting their efficiency.
Research supporting the use of willow bark extract bucks this trend, however.
Healthline explains that some people use willow bark as an alternative to aspirin, particularly those that experience chronic headaches or back pain. Willow bark is also used in some products to aid weight loss.
It comes from the branches of 2- to 3-year-old willow trees. Willow trees and shrubs grow all over the world, except for Australia and Antarctica. The white willow and black willow are two of the most common willows that are used medicinally. It has been used for centuries as a pain reliever.
A study published in The American Journal of Medicine sought to evaluate the effectiveness of willow bark extract for treating back pain. Researchers enrolled 210 patients with an exacerbation of chronic low back pain who reported current pain of five or more (out of 10) on a visual analog scale (VAS).
The VAS is a validated, subjective measure for acute and chronic pain. By the end of the study, significantly more patients in the placebo group required tramadol during each week of the study.
This finding suggests that willow bark extract provides pain relief for lower back pain.