Meadowsweet is native to Europe and Asia and has been naturalized in North America. Historically both western and eastern medicine use it as an analgesic for muscle and joint pain. Meadowsweet contains salicin, a glycoside of salicylic acid that is chemically related to the anti-inflammatory drug Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). The salicin content also explains its use as an antipyretic for feverish colds and influenza.
Meadowsweet is a classic antiacid herb used for heartburn. Unlike aspirin, which causes stomach ulcers, meadowsweet paradoxically helps treat heartburn and heal stomach ulcers. It contains tannins that reduce stomach acid and inflammation that contributes to ulcer formation. Research suggests it might also inhibit the growth of H. pylori, a bacteria that commonly cause ulcers.
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