Did you realize that more than 25% of all prescription drugs contain active ingredients that come from plants? Many over-the-counter remedies are made from plant compounds as well.
White willow bark is the original source of salicyn which forms the basis for aspirin. Salicyn was artificially synthesized for the first time in 1852. Later, modifications were made to make it less irritating to the stomach and in 1899, an acetylsalicylic acid product called aspirin was launched by a famous drug company. Long before any of this happened, of course, white willow bark can be found in ancient Egyptian, Assyrian and Greek manuscripts and this potent herb was used to treat pain and fever by ancient physicians Galen, Hippocrates and Dioscorides. Native American Indians used it for headaches, fever, sore muscles, rheumatism and chills. We’ve gone from using herbal remedies to creating drugs out of herbs and are now moving back to using herbs in their pure form again.