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Willow Bark
Who invented aspirin? While no one person invented aspirin, the origin of aspirin came about through research going back 400 bc. A Greek physician Hippocrates prescribed the bark and leaves of the willow tree to relieve pain.  Then in 1832, a German scientist experimented with salicin and creates salicylic acid (SA) as a result. Later, In 1897, a German chemist with Friedrich Bayer and Company was searching for a treatment for his father's arthritic pain and began to research acetylsalicylic acid, which worked well. His discovery resulted in the development of a product introduced as Aspirin. By 1899, The Bayer Company was providing aspirin to physicians to give to their patients.

Medical Uses
Bleeding of wounds and other fluxes of blood: By chewing the leaves, bark and seeds for its juice.

Headaches, pain and inflammations, arthritis and gout: The bark of the willow contains salicin, a naturally occurring compound similar to acetylsalicylic acid, the chemical name for aspirin. Aspirin is derived and used widely in modern times.

Fevers, diarrhoea, and dysentery: A general tonic can be made for above as follows, by boiling 1 oz of bark in 1 1/2 Pt of water until it measures 1 Pt is given in doses of 1-2 fl OZ. 

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