The origins of modern day aspirin originate when the father of medicine, Hippocrates, used willow bark and leaves to relieve pain and reduce fever. It wasn’t until the 1820s, however, that scientists identified the active component in willow bark: salicin.
Aspirin, “The Wonder Drug”, is used to thin blood and make it less sticky, which helps avoid blood from clotting and thereby reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Research has shown that aspirin has also been shown to slow the progression of colon cancer, and may prevent certain cancers from occurring at all. But can aspirin provide these wonderful benefits without any risks involved? Unfortunately not, as many people are aware that aspirin can cause stomach upset, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting. To continue reading about other serious risk related to aspirin, click here…
One should know that the benefits of thinning blood can also potentially be achieved with Vitamin E, Fish oil, and/or Nattokinase. Whether or not some of these items can be substituted for aspirin on a daily basis is something to consider.
If you would like to discuss the benefits and risks involved with taking aspirin, please contact my office at 805-569-5000 to schedule an appointment.