Action ► Bark—antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antipyretic, diuretic, febrifuge, stimulant, antiseptic. Used for arthritis, rheumatic affections, cystitis and other urinary diseases, stomach and liver disorders, anorexia and debility.
Key application ► Unopened leaf-buds externally for haemorrhoids, frostbite and sunburn. (German Commission E.)
The bark contains glycosides, salicin and populin, erisin and tannin (5-9%). Salicin, a bitter tonic and antiperiod-ic, is used like quinine in intermittent fever, also in rheumatism.
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