Salicis cortex


This is a summary of the scientific­ conclusions reached by the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) on the medicinal uses of willow bark. The HMPC conclusions are taken into account by EU Member States when evaluating applications for the licensing of herbal medicines containing willow bark.

This summary is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use medicines containing willow bark. For practical information about using willow bark medicines, patients should read the package leaflet that comes with the medicine or contact their doctor or pharmacist.

Key facts

Latin name Salicis cortex
English common name Willow Bark
Botanical name Salix [various species including S. purpurea L.; S. daphnoides Vill.; S. fragilis L.]
Therapeutic area
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Cough and cold
F: Assessment finalised
Date added to the inventory
Date added to priority list
Outcome of European assessment
European Union herbal monograph


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