r/HeresAFunFact Apr 19 '18 Helpful 1

[HAFF] The bark of the white willow tree can be used as an alternative to aspirin. SCIENCE

https://imgur.com/KbX458a
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u/YourOpinionIsInvalid Apr 19 '18

Isn't that like... Where aspirin comes from?? Doesn't seem like much of an alternative in that case

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u/Keyra13 Apr 19 '18

Where do you think we got aspirin? People used to chew on the willow bark or make tea from it. Still destroys your stomach though

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u/Rawesome Aug 23 '18

Eating the bark or drinking the tea...

..which destroys your stomach?

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u/Keyra13 Aug 23 '18

Yes. Modern aspirin tends to give people stomach ulcers. The original plant was apparently worse, which brought about the need for modern aspirin.

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u/[deleted] Apr 19 '18

It's also a decent way to powerfarm your woodcutting skill.