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Slippery Elm (Ulmus Rubra)bark was used both internally and externally by Native Americans and early pioneer settler. The inner bark is used for its soothing and emolient effects.

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Supplement Facts



Take 4 capsules three times daily with warm water between mealtimes.

Serving Size 4 Capsules
Servings Per Container 25
Amount Per Serving % DV
Calories 5.00
Total Carbohydrate 1.00 g 0%
Dietary Fiber less than 1 gram 0.00
Slippery Elm (bark) 1.48 g **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Gelatin (capsule), Magnesium Stearate

Warning: Slipper Elm should not be taken together with any medications as it may interfere with there absorption.



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Health Notes

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Slippery elm is a soothing herb traditionally used to treat reflux and heartburn.(more)
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Slippery elm may have an anti-inflammatory effect in the stomach and intestines, and its mucilage content appears to protect against the damaging effects of acid on the esophagus.(more)
Gastritis
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Slippery elm is high in mucilage, which may be advantageous for people with gastritis because its slippery nature soothes irritated mucus membranes of the digestive tract.(more)
Crohn's Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Slippery elm helps soothe inflamed tissues. Doctors sometimes use this herb in combination with marshmallow, cranesbill, and several other herbs to sooth the digestive tract.(more)
Diarrhea
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Herbs high in mucilage such as slippery elm may help reduce the irritation to the walls of the intestinal tract that can occur with diarrhea.(more)
Common Cold and Sore Throat
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Herbs high in mucilage, such as slippery elm, are often helpful for relief of coughs and irritated throats.(more)
Cough
Dose: Refer to label instructions
The mucilage of slippery elm gives it a soothing effect for coughs.(more)
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Other herbs traditionally used to treat reflux and heartburn include digestive demulcents (soothing agents) such as aloe vera, slippery elm, bladderwrack, and marshmallow.1 None of these have been scientifically evaluated for effectiveness in GERD. However, a drug known as Gaviscon, containing magnesium carbonate (as an antacid) and alginic acid derived from bladderwrack, has been shown helpful for heartburn in a double-blind trial.2 It is not clear whether whole bladderwrack would be as useful as its alginic acid component.

References

1. Golan R. Optimal Wellness. New York: Ballantine Books, 1995, 373-4.

2. Chevrel B. A comparative crossover study on the treatment of heartburn and epigastric pain: Liquid Gaviscon and a magnesium-aluminum antacid gel. J Int Med Res 1980;8:300-3.

Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Demulcents herbs may be used to treat indigestion and heartburn. These herbs seem to work by decreasing inflammation and forming a physical barrier against stomach acid or other abdominal irritants. Examples of demulcent herbs include ginger, licorice, and slippery elm.

The mucilage content in slippery elm appears to act as a barrier against the damaging effects of acid on the esophagus in people with heartburn. It may also have an anti-inflammatory effect locally in the stomach and intestines. Two or more tablets or capsules (typically 400-500 mg each) may be taken three to four times per day. Alternatively, a tea is made by boiling 1/2-2 grams of the bark in 200 ml of water for 10 to 15 minutes, which is then cooled before drinking; three to four cups a day can be used. Tincture (5 ml three times per day) may also be taken but is believed to be less helpful. Marshmallow and bladderwrack may be used the same way as slippery elm.

Gastritis
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Demulcent herbs, such as marshmallow, slippery elm, and bladderwrack, are high in mucilage. Mucilage might be advantageous for people with gastritis because its slippery nature soothes irritated mucus membranes of the digestive tract. Marshmallow is used for mild inflammation of the gastric mucosa.1

References

1. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al, eds. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin: American Botanical Council and Boston: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 167.

Crohn's Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Doctors sometimes use a combination of herbs to soothe inflammation throughout the digestive tract. One formula contains marshmallow, slippery elm, cranesbill, and several other herbs.1 Marshmallow and slippery elm are mucilaginous plants that help soothe inflamed tissues. Cranesbill is an astringent. Clinical trials using this combination have not been conducted.

References

1. Pizzorno JE, Murray MT. Textbook of Natural Medicine. London: Churchill Livingstone, 1999, 1335-49.

Diarrhea
Dose: Refer to label instructionsHerbs high in mucilage, such as marshmallow or slippery elm, may help reduce the irritation to the walls of the intestinal tract that can occur with diarrhea. A usual amount taken is 1,000 mg of marshmallow extract, capsules, or tablets three times per day. Marshmallow may also be taken as a tincture in the amount of 5-15 ml three times daily.
Common Cold and Sore Throat
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Herbs high in mucilage, such as slippery elm, mallow (Malvia sylvestris), and marshmallow, are often helpful for symptomatic relief of coughs and irritated throats. Mullein has expectorant and demulcent properties, which accounts for this herb's historical use as a remedy for the respiratory tract, particularly in cases of irritating coughs with bronchial congestion. Coltsfoot is another herb with high mucilage content that has been used historically to soothe sore throats. However, it is high in pyrrolizidine alkaloids-constituents that may damage the liver over time. It is best to either avoid coltsfoot or look for products that are free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.

Cough
Dose: Refer to label instructions

The mucilage of slippery elm gives it a soothing effect for coughs. Usnea also contains mucilage, which may be helpful in easing irritating coughs. There is a long tradition of using wild cherry syrups to treat coughs. Other traditional remedies to relieve coughs include bloodroot, catnip, comfrey (the above-ground parts, not the root), horehound, elecampane, mullein, lobelia, hyssop, licorice, mallow, (Malvia sylvestris),red clover, ivy leaf, pennyroyal(Hedeoma pulegioides, Mentha pulegium),onion, (Allium cepa), and plantain (Plantago lanceolata, P. major). None of these has been investigated in human trials, so their true efficacy for relieving coughs is unknown.

Parts Used & Where Grown

The slippery elm tree is native to North America, where it still grows primarily. The inner bark of the tree is the main part used for medicinal preparations.

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