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Surprising Uses for Aspirin

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Surprising Uses for Aspirin

By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline

In this age of flashy new medicines and cutting-edge medical treatments, itís comforting to find a simple cure thatís 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 barkís 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 fatherís painful rheumatism. At the time, salicylic acid was already a dominant pain reliever, but it had terrible gastrointestinal side effects.

By tinkering with the chemical structure of salicylic acid, he ended up with acetylsalicylic acid, a milder and gentler version. The pharmaceutical company he worked for, Bayer, named the compound aspirin and began marketing its new pill aggressively, and within just a few years, it was the most prescribed drug in the world. By 1915, aspirin was so ubiquitous that it became available over the counter.

These days in the United States and many other countries, aspirin is a generic drug that several companies manufacture. In countries such as Germany, Canada, Mexico, and 80 others, however, Aspirin is still a registered trademark of the Bayer Corporation. In these countries, generic forms of aspirin are called by their chemical name, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA).

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12:33AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

6:11PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Thanks

11:25AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

good info

10:41PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

although not perfect, aspirin probably does more good with less harm than any other pill on the market.

1:49PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

I heard that using a combo of water and crushed aspirin helps razor bumps.

7:17PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Great information. Thank you.

1:31PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

I have experienced the power of aspirin. thank you.

12:49AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Thx, it's useful :)

10:50AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

Many thanks.

2:24PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Thank you for all these tips. Aspirin is a wonderful product for a lot of things and still kill the pain !))

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