When in-need-of symptoms relief would an herbal alternative be a viable consideration?
Fifth century B.C., Hippocrates wrote about a bitter powder extracted from willow bark that relieved aches pains and reduced fevers.
In the 1700s, scientist Reverend Edmund Stone wrote of the success with willow bark to cure "agues" or fevers with aches. With a bit of chemical detective work scientists identified salicin as the part of willow bark that was (1) bitter and (2) good for fever and pain.
In the 1800’s Italian chemist Piria made salicylic acid from salicin for the first; his relatives used high doses to treat symptoms of arthritis and influenza.http://health.howstuffworks.com/medicine/medication/aspirin.htm
Acetyl Salicylic Acid, the active ingredient in aspirin is a synthetic derivative of salicin, which occurs naturally in plants notably the willow tree. http://www.aspirin-foundation.com/what/100.html