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Willow bark trials for rheumatoid arthritis

In this trial, 26 participants with rheumatoid arthritis were randomly given either willow bark (240 mg salicin) or placebo tablets once a day for six weeks. Participants taking willow bark had a 15% reduction in pain compared to a 4% reduction in the placebo group, but the study’s authors concluded that this difference may be due to chance.


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