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BASIC INFORMATION

Biological name (genus and species):

  • Salix nigra

Parts used for medicinal purposes:

  • Bark

Chemicals this herb contains:

  • Salicin
  • Salinigrin
  • Tannins

KNOWN EFFECTS

  • Causes protein molecules to clump together.
  • Produces puckering.

BASIC INFORMATION

Biological name (genus and species):

  • Salix nigra

Parts used for medicinal purposes:

  • Bark

Chemicals this herb contains:

  • Salicin
  • Salinigrin
  • Tannins

KNOWN EFFECTS

  • Causes protein molecules to clump together.
  • Produces puckering.
  • Interferes with absorption of iron and other minerals when taken internally.

Miscellaneous information:

  • Tannins may help heal open wounds.

UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS

  • Shrinks tissues.
  • Prevents secretion of fluids.
  • Acts as an antiseptic for ulcerated surfaces on skin.
  • Treats arthritis.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Don’t take if you:

  • Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan pregnancy in the near future.

Consult your doctor if you:

  • Take this herb for any medical problem that doesn’t improve in 2 weeks. There may be safer, more-effective treatments.
  • Take any medicinal drugs or herbs including aspirin, laxatives, cold and cough remedies, antacids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, supplements, other prescription or non-prescription drugs.

Pregnancy:

  • Problems in pregnant women taking small or usual doses have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist. Don’t use unless prescribed by your doctor.

Breast-feeding:

  • Problems in breast-fed infants of lactating mothers taking small or usual doses have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist. Don’t use unless prescribed by your doctor.

Infants and children:

  • Treating infants and children under 2 with any herbal preparation is hazardous.

Others:

  • None expected if you are under 45, not pregnant, basically healthy, take it for only a short time and do not exceed manufacturer’s recommended dosage.
  • Salicylate poisoning is possible. Symptoms include dizziness, vomiting, ringing in ears.

Storage:

  • Keep cool and dry, but don’t freeze. Store safely away from children.

Safe dosage:

  • At present no “safe” dosage has been established.

TOXICITY

Comparative-toxicity rating not available from standard references.

  • For symptoms of toxicity: See ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS section below.

ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS

Signs and symptoms: What to do:
Dizziness Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.
Ringing in ears Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Vomiting Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.

From the Complete Guide to Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. © 1988 by Fisher Books; electronic rights by Medical Data Exchange

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