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Birch contains salicylate. This is the same compound used to make aspirin.
Birch is used to treat urinary tract infections, fever, water retention, arthritis, warts (rub a concentrated tea on the wart daily), gout, viruses, and lung problems.
Birch acts as an anti-inflammatory, and medical tests are showing that birch has phytochemicals that show some anti-tumor, antiviral, and anti-cancer properties.