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What is Small Flowered Willow?

Posted on September 30 2017


Reduce symptoms of an enlarged prostate with small flowered willow.
Small flowered willow herb is a plant that gets very little attention. Perhaps because it grows wild and abundant throughout many parts of the world and is so inexpensive to produce that you can grow it yourself. This means there is less of a profit incentive for a large scale scientific study and less media attention. However, that doesn't mean that small flower willow is not worth your attention. This herb works very well to relieve prostate disorders and is invaluable to men's health.

What is Small Flowered Willow?

Small flowered willow (Epilobium parviflorum) is a perennial herb, with delicate pink flowers, traditionally grown in Europe and is often prescribed for prostate health by practitioners in Germany and Australia.

In the world of herbal history, small flowered willow is a herb with few mentions. It was only described in a Pharmacopoeia in 1880 before it was made popular in 1982 by Australian herbalist, Maria Treben in her book “Health through God's Pharmacy”. While there have only been a few research studies on small flowered willow, there are numerous herbalists who report positive clinical experience with small flowered willow.

What is Small Flowered Willow used for?

Herbalists recommend small flowered willow as a prostate tonic and use it for all disorders of the prostate, including prostatitis (infection of the prostate), BPH (enlargement of the prostate) and prostate cancer. It is also used for women suffering from urinary tract infections because it has a cleansing and antimicrobial action on the genitourinary system.

How does Small Flowered Willow work?

Small flowered willow works as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory and has high antioxidant activity that acts on the genitourinary system. It's considered a prostate tonic because of it's more direct action on the prostate. Small flowered willow contains a plant sterol called, B-sitosterol, which is also found in saw palmetto, a well known herb used for prostate concerns. Like saw palmetto, small flowered willow works as a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, which means it prevents testosterone from being converted to dihydrotestosterone. This is important because dihydrotestosterone is a strong, stimulating form of testosterone, which can cause prostate enlargement or cancer when it is too high.

How do you use it?

Traditionally, small flowered willow is taken as a tea throughout the day. Add one teaspoon of herb per cup of boiled water and let it steep for 10-15 mins. You can also find small flowered willow in encapsulated dried herb, tincture and liquid extract. Extracts tend to be stronger, however most herbalists prescribe the tea form.


  • PARTS USED : Whole plant
  • APPLICATIONS : Prostate disorders – BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), prostatitis, prostate cancer
  • DOSAGE : No known standard dosage, follow manufacturer's directions. Tea – 1 tsp of herb per cup of boiled water, steep 10-15mins, drink 2-3 cups per day.
  • WORKS WELL WITH : Saw palmetto, lycopene, pygeum, nettle


Insufficient research has been done on small flower willow use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
For informational purposes only.  Please consult your health care practitioner before taking natural health care products.

From: National Nutrition