12 Surprising Facts About Aspirin

Although ancient history is often dry and not very relevant, it’s interesting that aspirin, chemically known as acetylsalicylic acid or ASA–by far the world’s best known and most popular drug–has been around a long, long time. As far back as 400 BC, in fact, when Hippocrates prescribed willow leaves to reduce pain. Today, the acid from willow bark and willow leaves are still the active base ingredient in aspirin and, since 1899, it continues to be a boon to the pharmaceutical world.

Medical science (and patients) avoid exaggerated and misleading references to it as a “wonder drug,” but aspirin is credited with being helpful with many problems, from headaches, cramps, heart disease and cancer to arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, dandruff, morning sickness, skin rashes, sunburns and mosquito bites.

Here are 12 things you didn’t know about aspirin:

Aspirin Is Amazingly Widespread

The Guinness Book of World Records consistently shows that aspirin is overwhelmingly the world’s top-selling drug. To that end, around 100 billion aspirin tables are produced every year. After all these years, aspirin is so popular that approximately 3,500 scientific articles are written every year about it.

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