In what plant was the active ingredient in asprin
originally discovered ??
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
My only info. on this comes from the genus for willow....Salix.
The scientific name for aspirin is acetylSALICYLICacid. (I added the capital
letters). My recollection was that the origin came from the tradition of
American Indians using willow bark as a painkiller (they would chew on bits
of it to extract the compound.
Thanks for using NEWTON!
I believe it is from the inner bark of the willow. The technical name for
aspirin, salicylic acid, and the Latin genus name of willow, salix, come
from the same root.
Click here to return to the Biology Archives
Update: June 2012