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(Photo: Veer)In this age of flashy new medicines and cutting-edge medical treatments, it's comforting to find a simple cure that's 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 bark's active ingredient, a chemical called salicin, is the foundation of aspirin.
Healers used willow bark to treat pain and inflammation for centuries, and since the 1700s, chemists and doctors used salicylic acid for medicinal purposes, but it had terrible gastrointestinal side effects.
Then, in 1897, a German chemist was searching for a new formulation to help his father's painful rheumatism. By tinkering with the chemical structure of salicylic acid, he ended up with a milder and gentler version. The pharmaceutical company he worked for, Bayer, named the compound aspirin and began marketing its new pillRead More »from Surprising uses for aspirin