It’s probably the best known pharmaceutical in the world – and it’s certainly one of the most useful. Aspirin comes from the bark of the deciduous white willow tree (Salix alba), which was used to relieve fever and pain in ancient Greek, Chinese and Egyptian medicine. The active ingredient salicin, a natural anti-inflammatory, was isolated and refined by European chemists in the 1800s, and in 1897 Felix Hoffmann, at Bayer in Germany, chemically synthesized a stable form of it. Patented in 1900, it has recently been found to help prevent heart attack and strokes when taken regularly in small doses, and new research indicates this may also help prevent cancer. Willow bark itself is still taken as a herbal remedy and is thought to promote wellness with its antioxidant, antiseptic, and immune-system-boosting properties.
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Healthy people in a healthy environment
Good health and well-being require a clean and harmonious environment where physical, psycho - logical, social and aesthetic factors are all given their due importance. These factors are affected by actions and choices which can secure considerable health benefits. The environment is thus not only important for its own sake, but as a resource for better living conditions and well-being.
- What we’ve agreed: the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Millennium Development Goals
- Green savings
- What young people want
- Water – the key to life
- The air we breathe
- Safer, quieter towns and cities of the future – reclaiming the streets
- Active, healthy lifestyles
- Making energy sustainable
- On the safe side
- Listen to our voices – the Bandung Declaration
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