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Surprising Uses for Aspirin - By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline In this age of flashy new medicines and cutting-edge

Surprising Uses for Aspirin - By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline In this age of flashy new medicines and cutting-edge

By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline In this age of flashy new medicines and cutting-edge medical treatments, it’s comforting to find a simple cure that’s tried and true. In 400 BCE, the Greek physician Hippocrates described the healing powers of willow bark, which he recommended for easing pain and reducing fevers. It turns out that willow bark’s active ingredient, a chemical called salicin, is the foundation of aspirin, the closest thing modern medicine has to a miracle drug. Healers have used willow bark to treat pain and inflammation for centuries, and since the 1700s, chemists and doctors have been isolating salicin into salicylic acid for medicinal purposes. In 1897, a German chemist was searching for a new formulation to help his father’s painful rheumatism. At the time, salicylic acid was already a dominant pain reliever, but it had terrible gastrointestinal side effect...

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