Slippery elm – fantastic for digestion

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Slippery elm bark is a herb derived from the Elm (Ulmus) family. Native to Canada and the US, it can be found growing in the Appalachian Mountains. The inner bark is collected from trees which are at least 10 years old, and is mainly powdered for therapeutic use.

So what is slippery elm used for?

Soothing Slippery elm was traditionally powdered and one of its main uses for Native Americans was as a poultice for boils, ulcers and for wounds in general. Other common uses included being used for colds or fevers and to soothe an irritated digestive system – one of its main purposes today.

Slippery elm – uses today

The major use for slippery elm today is for soothing the bowel in conditions of inflammation – especially colitis and IBS – irritable bowel syndrome. It is also similarly helpful in other inflammatory bowel conditions such as diverticulitis and diverticulosis.

Slippery elm Bark is such a specific remedy for helping these conditions that it is almost a crime that doctors and hospital don’t make more use of it. It will often soothe the pain of patients suffering these ailments within a couple of hours. This is not a case of the slippery elm powder hiding the pain; by soothing the inflamed area, the pain – a signal from the body that something is wrong – simply goes away because there is no need for it.

Now, of course, the cause of the condition must still be dealt with – may be it’s a congested colon; maybe it’s a constitution which is easily stressed; but the slippery elm is a great herbal ‘tool’ to help deal with the symptoms, while the cause is being sorted out. Appropriate practitioners might be need to help sort out the causes.

How to use slippery elm

For inflammatory bowel conditions like this, the slippery elm is made into a thin type of ‘porridge’ type of drink. It is sometimes called ‘gruel’ – which sounds pretty awful; and sometimes called ‘tea’ – which sounds as if it is thin; but it is not – it’s quite glutinous. But this is the benefit of slippery elm – its glutinous nature helps it adhere to the inside stomach/intestine walls, and do its job of nourishing and soothing.

Anyone who uses slippery elm is guaranteed a very safe herb; the risk of using it is almost zero. However, you must treat the cause of the problem, as indicated above, or the symptoms will just keep recurring.

You can take slippery elm capsules – but much better to use the powder to make a drink if you can. Just avoid any slippery elm powder with any additives – such as sugar. It simply needs no additives at all.

The nature of slippery elm

The ‘slippery’ part of slippery elm refers to the texture of the herb. This is because of the large mucilage content of slippery elm, which is also responsible for its wonderful healing and soothing action. In most herbal literature this is termed a ‘demulcent’ or an ’emollient’ agent, which means it is a soothing substance.

It not only soothes and heals all that it comes into contact with, but is highly nutritious. Slippery elm is a wholesome food for the weak and convalescent, from infants to the elderly.

Listed below are some of the most common uses for slippery elm.

Externally

Slippery elm makes a wonderfully soothing and healing poultice, applied locally to the problem, for drawing out toxins, especially those associated with boils, spots or abscesses and can assist the removal of splinters.
Applied to wounds, burns and inflammation of any kind, slippery elm is soothing and helps heal, and reduce swelling and pain.

‘A Modern Herbal’ by Mrs Grieves, written in the 1930’s, gives different preparations and combinations of slippery elm for poultices and [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0880299215″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PdcbAZY-L._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]ointments. Go to www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/e/elmsli09.html to find the online version of Mrs Grieves’ text on Slippery Elm and its uses.

Because of the mucilage content of slippery elm, it can be just as valuable internally as externally.

Internal use of slippery elm

Slippery elm Bark can be used to help soothe many different types of digestive complaints, for example:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Colitis and diverticulitis
  • Inflammation of the gut or colic
  • Can give instant relief to acid indigestion or ‘reflux’ (this is a common use for Slippery Elm)
  • Ulcers anywhere in the gut (stomach & intestines)
  • Diarrhoea – especially if mixed with a banana and powdered Marshmallow

As a nutritive (a nourishing herb). Slippery elm powder is a great food for debilitated states, and as a baby food
It can also be useful for urinary infections – cystitis for example.
Traditionally, slippery elm bark is also reported to ease chest, lung and bronchial conditions.

Dosage

Powder/tea drink – Mix 1 tsp herb with a little water to a paste. Slowly add half a pint or so of boiling water, stirring or whisking all the time. Drink 2-3 cups daily.

Capsules 325mg – 1-8 capsules 3 times daily.

Or follow the instructions on any proprietary pack of a slippery elm product being used.

Combinations With Other Herbs

Slippery elm is often combined with other digestive herbs, such as Aniseed, Peppermint or Cardamom. You may also come across many products formulated for the bowel or kidneys and urinary tract which contain slippery elm and other herbs.

Slippery elm is great by itself for colitis and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It can also be combined with other herbs including wild yam, bayberry and agrimony to make an excellent combination herbal formula for colitis or IBS. This is great if taken along with slippery elm tea. Find a product, or products, which work for you – either the single herb or a combination of herbs – and continue for a full course of treatment. Have slippery elm tea every day.

Another valuable herb to bear in mind is Cayenne Pepper – Capsicum minimum, which tends to stop bleeding. Cayenne is very, very helpful to counteract any intestinal bleeding. You can take cayenne pepper in water – but it is rather hot, so most people prefer to take capsules. Take 3 capsules a day of Cayenne Capsules for a few weeks or longer if desired. It works very well alongside slippery elm. (But DO visit your doctor to make sure the bleeding has no sinister cause.)

We have an article on the valuable herb, Cayenne Pepper. More information on another site about herbal and other treatments for irritable bowel syndrome – IBS.

Cayenne and slippery elm are two beautifully simple and truly fantastic herbs. When they are needed – they are incomparable. They would both definitely be in this herbalist’s ‘Top ten herbs to have on a desert island.’

Cautions

There are no-known contra-indications for slippery elm bark – it is a very safe herb.

Summary

Slippery elm is an incredibly soothing herb, with fast acting relief for many digestive and bowel problems. It certainly lives up to its reputation.

If you have or are thinking of making a herbal first aid kit, slippery elm powder is an essential component.

{ 180 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate January 24, 2013 at 2:49 am

I had to use slipery elm in 2008 for gastritis. It worked a treat. Great herb. Gave huge relief and assisted my recovery no end. Took it 3 times a day for 3 months whilst I dealt with the main causes of my gastritis . I would not hesitate to recommend it to whoever is in need. Much better than prescription medicines ( no side effects…just soothing relief !! ) …. and price comparable !!

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kevin December 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

Hello please advise if slippery elm can be taken with boil or cold water

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robralph December 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

Hi

It is best to take slippery elm with boiled water but you can use cold water too – however it will form a gooey paste if you don’t use enough water.

I usually follow these instructions:

1 teaspoon of slippery elm powder in a cup mixed with a small amount of cold water, mix to a paste then add boiled water and stir, drink immediately.

Regards

Rob

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Deb May 2, 2016 at 2:06 am

Thank you Rob,

That works very well. Tastes just like a tea having it hot. I had never thought of that! 🙂

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Teresa April 12, 2016 at 3:23 pm

I have just started taking 2/400mg of slippery elm I still have pain,burping and I have been on it 2 days.Does anyone know when the GERD systoms will be better. After I eat is when these symptons come.Please help. Also I am on a acid reflux diet.

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robralph April 14, 2016 at 10:33 am

We recommend anything up to 6 capsules daily – maybe you need to increase your capsules? Do they contain anything other than just slippery elm? The tea is better in my opinion.

Regards

Shelley

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Teresa April 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

no just 400mg of slippery elm. How long does slippery elm stay in system?

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robralph April 18, 2016 at 9:26 am

That would depend on your own metabolism and a bit of an impossible question to ask – sorry I can’t answer that.

Shelley

Sue July 2, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Teresa, some people with gastro problems need ACID etc. to digest food and feel better after meals. You can try ox bile, HCL [hydrochloric acid], pancreatic enzymes or even lemon juice or apple cider vinegar [1-2 Tbs in 8 oz water] with meals. Dr. SHERRY Rogers wrote an excellent book on digestive issues you may want to read. I believe it is called “No More Pain in 30 Days” or something like that. I hope you feel better soon.

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Jean van Loon July 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

16/7/13@10.03a.m. Hello: I have diverticulosis(many) IBS & colitis. at least my gastro. dr. tells me. I know for sure Divertic. by a result of my colonoscopy. BUT I don’t have bloating, stomach cramps etc. However, I have taken S.Elm before(2010) but did not give it a chance I fear. My main concern is will it interfere with Drs. drugs he recomm. Crestor, BP pills, Didrocal, Eltroxin???? I have another appntm. with my gastro. dr. Aug. 6th. because I thought my rectocile was giving me my symptoms, Gyno. specialist dr. says he thinks I have a rectum problem???? Quite a challenge for you is’nt this?

Regards Jean V.

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robralph July 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Hi Jean

Yes indeed, you have quite a lot going on! The wonderful thing about Slippery Elm is that it’s incredibly safe to take and there are no known contra-indications for taking it with other medications. You may want to check with your Dr’s to see if they are happy for you to take the Slippery Elm first however.

Best wishes

Rob

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Ctbrowneyes December 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Most doctors will not know anything about slippery elm. We are screwed in America when seeking additional healing protocols because FDA and big pharm hold them hostage.

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Jo March 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Make sure to take it 2 hours apart from any medications. This is the recommendation found on many medical websites such as Univ of Maryland’s page re SEB.

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john handford October 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

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Sarah October 28, 2013 at 1:36 am

Hi can you tell me if slippery elm is a blood thinner? I have a problem where I hemorrhage when I have my period so I cant afford to take a thinner but I need something like the elm for ibs.

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robralph October 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

Hi Sarah

No Slippery Elm is not known for blood thinning properties and shouldn’t affect your menstrual flow.

Kind regards

Rob

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Mani January 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Can slippery elm cause stomach upset?

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robralph January 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

This would be most uncommon as Slippery Elm is used to calm, soothe and heal the stomach and digestive tract. However individuals can respond to herbs in different ways and it may be that Slippery Elm does not suit a particular individual.

Regards
Rob

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Cheryl February 14, 2014 at 4:44 am

I’ve read that slippery elm and marshmallow root can help with infant reflux. What would the dosage of these be for a 5 month old?

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robralph February 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Hi Cheryl

I would recommend making up a teaspoon each of marshmallow root and slippery elm with 1-2 cups of water (boiled or cold filtered). Give 1 teaspoon of the liquid/gruel twice daily to the infant. Only keep for 2 days in the fridge – repeat as required.

Regards
Rob

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Jo March 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm

So once you refrigerate it, how do you warm it back up to liquid form in order to take it? If you add more water to liquefy it, will it lessen the healing properties of the elm?

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robralph March 9, 2015 at 7:54 pm

I’m not sure about refrigerating Slippery Elm, I would always make up fresh. No you can make it as thin and watery as is your preference as long as your using the required amount of powder each time, unless of course you needed it in more of a paste to put cuts and wounds etc.
regards
Shelley

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maria March 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

can u open up the caps and mix w water instead of taking the pills?

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robralph March 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

Hi

Yes absolutely. The powder often sold as a ‘tea’ is actually the best way to take it.

Regards

Rob

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Jo March 2, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Using loose powder is much better than the contents of capsules. Capsules often contain fillers, as well, and the slippery elm is of lower quality. It will not gel, and thus soothe, nearly as well as a loose powder.

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Jennifer August 20, 2014 at 2:29 am

I am prone to getting urinary tract infections was wondering if slippery elm bark will stop the infection,and should I take it daily as a preventative.

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robralph August 20, 2014 at 7:51 am

Hi

Slippery Elm would not really be that helpful in this situation, it is more for the digestive system. The link below is to some herbs I can recommend to help strengthen and support the kidneys and bladder. If you email the company for advice they will be happy to help.
http://www.shs100.com/acatalog/kidney-herbs2.html
Kind regards

Shelley

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Bebe September 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Hi,
Will slippery elm help sooth cramping from period?

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robralph September 14, 2014 at 10:01 am

Hi Bebe – Slippery Elm has most of its effect on the gut, as it passes through. So it’s good the soothing any sort of overactivity from the throat to the large intestine.

For supporting the female hormones and reproductive organs this product has proven to be very popular. I recommend you phone or email that company for any more information – they are extremely helpful.

For dealing with just the cramping in a more specific way then you need an antispasmodic herb. Two of the best to try and the situation would be either wild yam or cayenne pepper. They can both be excellent. The same company I recommended stocks both of these – so again you can talk to them.

I hope this helps.

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CarolynWilliams September 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

Hi
I have ulcerated colitis and am in a flare up right now but I took slippery elm yesterday and it seems to b helping. I have the capsules and was wondering if I should open them up and make the paste for a tea instead and if so do I only use about a tea spoon

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robralph September 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Hi Carolyn

If you’ve bought the capsules then use as capsules for now, pulling them apart will be time consuming and is unnecessary for colitis. The tea is better for heartburn and acid reflux in my opinion.

It shouldn’t cause constipation at all, but it should help to soothe and heal and slow everything down. I can also recommend the following capsules:
http://www.shs100.com/acatalog/colit-capsules.html
I have used these herbs for many customers with great success.

Kind regards

Shelley

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CarolynWilliams September 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

Forgot to ask will it cause constipation

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Anne October 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Hello,

How is the best way to take it. Between meals, after meals before meals. And if you are taking dgl can you take both around the same time. And is it best to take 2 times a day or 3 is best.
I have acid reflux at night should I take some before bed also.

Thank You

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robralph October 8, 2014 at 8:43 am

Hi Anne

It is best to take slippery elm capsules with food, but if it is the powder(tea) version then any time is fine, find which time works best for you and your symptoms by experimenting.

We always advise to take slippery elm a couple hours away from other medication so as not to inhibit absorption of said medication.

You can take as often as desired or required and yes you can sprinkle onto various foods if you prefer.

Kind regards

Shelley

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Anne October 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Oops forgot to ask, can you put it in food like oatmeal or yogurt, will it take away from the nyogurt nutriients of these food.

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Bebe October 5, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Hi,
Thank you for your previous response to my question, I have another one. Is slippery elm tincture just as effective as the tea?

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robralph October 8, 2014 at 8:45 am

Hi

I have never used slippery elm tincture due to being in alcohol and not, in my view, particularly soothing. I would always recommend the tea, even over the capsules.

Regards

Shelley

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Jeff Brady October 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Can I take slippery elm at the same time as when I take my meds like nexium, Zantac, etc? I have gastritis and I bought a big bag of it, it is a soother for sure! Takes the burning in stomach way down for a while anyway.

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robralph October 8, 2014 at 8:46 am

Hi

We always advise to take slippery elm a couple hours away from other medication so as not to inhibit absorption of said medication.

Regards

Shelley

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Annie January 6, 2015 at 10:56 am

I suffer with diverticular disease and could find no relief, then remembered that many years ago my mother used slippery elm to treat her stomach ulcer. I began taking it in soya milk three days before Christmas 2014 and almost immediately the inflammation went and I have had complete relief since. It is truly a wonderful herb

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robralph January 7, 2015 at 10:27 am

That’s great to hear Annie.

Thank you for sharing your experience of Slippery Elm.

Kind Regards
SHS

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Misty January 7, 2015 at 11:17 am

Thank you for sharing. I just started taking it yesterday.

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Paul January 27, 2015 at 9:47 am

Thanks for such an informative site. The details always count the most when trying something for the first time. I bought capsules pack just says 1off 3 times a day. Ive just used 2 caps to make a tea found i needed to use a small power whisk to get it to blend properly. Taking pro biotic and supliments too so will keep tea for between meals. Thanks again and good luck all.

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gabby January 31, 2015 at 10:40 pm

just wondering can slippery elm cause constipation? whenever i take this powder it causes me constipation.

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robralph March 9, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Hi Gabby

Apologies for late reply! It is unusual for Slippery Elm to cause constipation, for some people it can actually help. However individuals will often respond differently to herbs so it is definitely possible for you to have this experience. I suggest taking much smaller amounts initially and building up slowly and or taking alongside herbs that can ease constipation.

Regards
Shelley

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alton February 12, 2015 at 2:59 pm

i have been suffering with IBS from 2010 and i have just start taking this herb slippery elm and it is helping me so wel bring every thing back to normal and am just sorry that i didn’t know about this herb from long time i am loving it, one question just want to know if it can be taken every day

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robralph March 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Hi
It’s great to hear that this herb is working so well for you. It is fine to take everyday and I would consider taking it for at least a 3-6 month course.

regards
Shelley

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melissa February 18, 2015 at 11:37 am

I always mix slippery elm power in my kids juice they seem to like that pretty well. It also easyest to get down that way and they don’t even realize I have given them meds

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Annie K February 21, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Hi, Just wanted to say how wonderful I have found Slippery Elm to be. It was my life saver during my Chemo and Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer as my throat was red raw from the Radiotherapy and the Chemo caused me severe diarrhea and terrible stomach issues. Two years ago I was diagnosed with reflux, severe Erosive Gastritis and Barrett’s Esophagus, once again Slippery Elm has come to my rescue, I just cannot speak highly enough of this amazing herb. I hope this helps all who are feeling a little nervous about trying Slippery Elm, I did too at first but I thank God I did and just want to pass this on to all. Take care!!

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robralph March 9, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Thank you Annie for your comments. That’s amazing to read. I have often used Slippery Elm with clients and customers in similar situations.

Best wishes
Shelley

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Cheryl March 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

I have the capsules. They do definitely calm the colon down, I take two before each meal. I have the question of the size of my stool, it is not of normal size, and I figure this is due to inflammation. Plus I finally got everything going good, and I take only Natural Calm Mag. b/4 bed, and was drinking a small amount of prune juice and having two prunes with lunch, this seemed to get rid of the C I have been dealing with for a long time. I made the mistake and had some rum the other night, and my colon reacted. Is it okay when on the slippery elm to drink the prune juice still, and the natural calm. I do not know if this will exacerbate the problem. But the natural calm sure makes you sleep well. How long to stay on slippery elm, I feel that my body will let me know. You or maybe only me at 62 just can not tolerate alcohol at all anymore, I am gluten and dairy free too. (I think a lot of people should go this route until they get the food labeled, I think a lot of digestive problems are stemming from glyphosate (sp) in the roundup…if you think back, how long has gerd been a disease? Kinda a few years after the first GMO foods were out there.
I will look forward to your reply,
Have a great day!
Cheryl

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robralph April 7, 2015 at 11:47 am

Hi Cheryl

It is fine to continue with the Slippery Elm, Prune juice and the natural calm. You can continue with Slippery Elm for as long as is required, if that is long term then that is no problem.

Kind regards

Shelley

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Jerry March 31, 2015 at 12:14 am

Is there a particular brand of slippery elm that you would recommend?

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robralph April 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

I can recommend our Slippery Elm – it is organic and pure (no flavours/sugars etc)
http://www.shs100.com/acatalog/Slippery_Elm2.html
Kind regards
Shelley

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Anne April 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Why is it when i put slippery elm powder in yogurt and eat it a little while after my chest burns ….. i use it for acid reflux, would it be better in a tea ? i prefer putting in yogurt. Thanks. Maybe im putting too much in my yogurt i put 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp. in half a cup of yogurt. Yogurt is all natural without fruit.

Thanks

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Theresa April 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm

I notice from the above that a slippery elm poultices can be used to remove toxins. I have usually used a Kaolin poultice to draw out upper chest inflammation/slight bronchitis, but it didn’t work this time. Wondering if Slippery elm has been used in this way? I found a formula of slippery elm, licorice and just 3% of Lobelia to take internally for bronchitis from another good supplier like yourselves (FYI). Thanks very much.

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robralph April 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

Hi Theresa

I’m not aware of Slippery Elm being used in such a way. I’ve used Slippery Elm Poultices to heal skin wounds and burns. However there is certainly no harm in trying it!

Best wishes
Shelley

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Simon Johnson-Reynolds April 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Hi I’m being treated for a ulcerative colitis flare using the following medication’s, Azathioprine and mesalazine and prednisoline in the morning and infliximab every few weeks. I want to start taking slippery elm as part of my diet as I’ve had a good experience of its benefits before my flare went from proctitis to an total flare following food poisoning (campylobactor) a few weeks ago. How should I approach it?

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robralph April 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

Hi

Yes start the Slippery Elm asap I would say and if possible as a tea (make sure powder is pure). You will need to take it a couple of hours away from taking your other medication so it doesn’t interfere with the absorption of those.

Kind regards

Shelley

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Usman December 28, 2015 at 9:18 am

What is its name in URDU or Hindi

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robralph January 13, 2016 at 9:53 am

I found this online -دیودار کی قسم کا درخت ایلم ۔ اس کا اندرونی کچا بکل جو دوا کے طور پر مستعمل ہے ۔

Hope that helps.

Shelley

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Helen January 12, 2016 at 5:41 am

I used slippery elm bark and licorice tea for about 3 weeks to cure gastric reflux. It worked perfectly and I have had no recurrence. Amazing!

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robralph January 13, 2016 at 9:53 am

That’s great news Helen, thank you for sharing your experience.

Regards

Shelley

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Michael (NW) January 14, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Hi,

Is it safe to use slippery elm if you have SIBO? I know it will help to heal the gut, but if you have SIBO, does it feed SIBO which could make things worse?

Also, does slippery elm actually have healing properties, or does it just bring temporary relief?

Thank you!

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robralph January 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

Hi Michael

I see no reason why you can’t use Slippery Elm with SIBO, from it’s actions I don’t see why it would make things worse.

Yes Slippery Elm will heal the gut after a length of use but only if the cause of the problem i.e stress, food, drug use, has also been dealt with.

Regards

Shelley

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Angela January 15, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Hello,

I take the capsules and it does help with acid reflux. I prefer capsules.
I wanted to know as you stated above its better to take capsules with food but do you take capsules 20 minutes before meal or after meal 20 minutes or so?

I have reflux at night so if I take a dose of slippery elm with dinner will that take care of the nightime reflux as again you mentionned best to take with food so could not take caps before bed.

Thanks so much for your time and for this site.
Thanks

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robralph January 18, 2016 at 10:06 am

Hi Angela

If you are taking capsules then with food is best to avoid indigestion caused by taking capsules! The dinner time capsules may help with nightime, you will have to try it and see. The Tea/Powder is the best way to take Slippery Elm so you could take that before bed as well.

Regards

Shelley

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Angela January 18, 2016 at 11:52 am

Thanks Shelley
So I don’t need to wait 20 minutes before eating if I take capsules before meal ?
sorry Is it best to take before or after the meal meal

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Rocky January 20, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Plesaing to find someone who can think like that

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Arlene January 24, 2016 at 1:29 am

I have been using the slippery elm bark powder for almost 3 weeks. I had been diagnosed with gastritis/streaky lining, 2 years ago and it is back. I do believe that it has been brought on by stress. I have cut out dairy, and I am eating leafy greens, lean meat, and mostly fish. It has definitely helped to the point that this time I am determined not to take the sucralfate or any antacids. I am actually taking a good teaspoon 3 times a day and sometimes 4. It has helped tremendously, but the fix has not come yet. Although I have found that my appetite has come back and seem ravenous all the time.?

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robralph January 25, 2016 at 10:11 am

Hi Arlene

The ‘fix’ you are after will more likely take a lot more time than 3 weeks. Plus if stress is the cause then you need to support your body’s stress responses and nervous system as well as the digestive system in order for things to change. The diet you have chosen to follow is also vital to allow your gut to heal. Give yourself time, I recommend at least 3-6 months of Slippery Elm.

Regards

Shelley

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Kathy January 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm

Hi, I started drinking the slippery elm tea yesterday had two cups and one today. My question is how long does it take to start working for my IBS C for the pain and cramps. Should I get relief soon or does it take awhile. Have been in pain everyday for awhile

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robralph January 25, 2016 at 10:18 am

Hi Kathy

Although Slippery Elm is the best for healing and soothing an inflamed or irritated gut, it may not help with pain and cramps of the bowel. You could try other herbs to support that http://shs100.com/acatalog/anti-spas.html or if you’d like to discuss it with me in more detail as IBS covers all manner of bowel problems please let me know and I will email you personally.

Regards

Shelley

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Angela January 26, 2016 at 11:11 am

Can u do half cold water and half boiling water then drink
Thanks

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Angela January 26, 2016 at 11:16 am

Oops also for powder version for night acid reflux should you take before bed or does taking a few times during day eliminate acid reflex at night

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Angela January 26, 2016 at 11:26 am

Sorry do u let it sit to form a gel before drinking – some say yes some no ? What’s best
Thanks again

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Angela January 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

Is 1 tsp powder diluted in 10 Oz of water too much water would it be best 8 oz ?

Thanks

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Anna February 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm

How would you take slippery elm along with aloe vera gel. Take aloe before meals and slippery elm in between meals ? Thanks for your knowledge and time.

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Anna February 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Can you take aloe gel wait 20 minutes then take slippery elm wait 20 minutes and then have your meal? Is this a good schedule ? Thanks 🙂

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robralph February 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm

You could do that if it’s not too much trouble or both aloe and slippery elm together would still be fine but may fill you up before a meal so in between might be a better option. You can have a play around to see what suits you best.

Shelley

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Anna February 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Which would be best in between meals ? the aloe or the slippery
Thanks again for all your help greatly appreciated

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L February 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

Taking slippery elm for acid reflux My stomach is pretty raw and sensitive so I thought taking slippery elm tea form before meals would prevent further irritation but it seems to fill me up so much that don’t feel like eating if I take it 30 minutes before meal so if i take it 1 hour or so before meal will I still have the effect of it protecting the
Thanks

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ken February 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm

i had been having extreme bad pain in my lower left side for about a year. only tramadol would relieve the pain. i had blood tests cameras in both ends and finally a scan all of which revealed no cancer, but the pain continued. i took slippery elm powder drink and after about 2 weeks the pain has subsided, it feels great not to wake up with that pain. i also take a low dose of amitriptine as well.

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ken February 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm

i would recommend this herb to everyone with any digestive problems.

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mary-ellen February 15, 2016 at 3:34 pm

I’ve been taking slippery elm for diverticulosis for about 3-4 weeks and I’m noticing weight loss. Is this normal? I’m eating normally also.

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robralph February 16, 2016 at 9:38 am

Hi

I’ve not come across weight loss due to taking Slippery Elm before unless you are digesting food and excreting waste more efficiently than before?

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Adrienne February 16, 2016 at 3:12 am

Is there an optimal time to take slippery elm? I also take aloe vera juice which works wonders. I take that morning and eveing. Should I make a slippery elm tea and take it at the same time?
Thank you

Adrienne

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robralph February 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

I am not aware of an optimal time as such, but yes morning and evening is good and possibly lunch time ish as well.

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Larry February 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Hello: This has been a great website and very informative. Thank you for your kindness to all. What is the longest period of time you have encountered, that a person has continually used slippery elm? Thanks for your assistance, Larry

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robralph February 18, 2016 at 10:24 am

Hi Larry

I would say a year maybe two. It is something that you can stop and come back to or take continually due to its safety.

Regards

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Jena February 17, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Thank you for the info on this herb. A friend recently told me about it but I wasn’t sure when/how best to take it. This gives me a place to start.
I have been diagnosed with Crohns, hoping this herb may be helpful!?
Thank you

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robralph February 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

Absolutely, I have also often found the following product extremely helpful for Crohns sufferers

http://shs100.com/acatalog/colit-capsules.html

take a look and click on the more info button for the ingredients. If you are in the UK and would like to talk further I’d be happy to call you.

Regards

Shelley

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Jena February 19, 2016 at 7:48 am

Thank you so much for your reply, I will definitely take a look at the link. I’m located in the U.S. or I’d take you up on your kind offer!
Trying to find helpful alternatives for healing, many thanks for all the info.
JM

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L February 21, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Sorry actually I think it’s the aloe that I take with slippery elm causing it
I decided to stop aloe making my stomach burn so will stick with slippery elm only

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L February 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

This is for the comment below L not for u Jena

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Tricia February 20, 2016 at 11:04 am

Hi, I had colorectal cancer twice in 2011 and 2012.
Recently, I had intestinal obstruction due to scar tissues formed after 5 abdominal surgeries. Digestion has also become difficult and I have started taking disgestive enzymes. However, they don’t seem to be very effective. I also have gallstones.
Would like to know if slipper elm is suitable for me.
Thanks & best regards,
Tricia

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robralph February 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

Hi Tricia

I think you should see a therapist, a herbalist or nutritionist really. You have quite a lot going on and I don’t feel that trying over the counter products is the best way for you to go. Slippery Elm heals and soothes inflammation and irritation and although you will probably have plenty of that due to the operations etc, it will not help your digestion or obstructions or the gallstones!

Best wishes

Shelley

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L February 20, 2016 at 6:37 pm

I take 1 tsp slippery elm in water 30 minutes before meals but I always get a bowel movement an 1 or 2 after every time I take it which is 3 times a day should i reduce to 1/2 tsp instead of 1 tsp
Thanks

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robralph February 22, 2016 at 9:53 am

I don’t see that as a bad thing at all, unless the bowel movement is loose and uncomfortable. Naturopath’s believe a motion 3 times a day is the healthiest!

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L February 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm

I did stop the aloe much better
Thanks

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L February 23, 2016 at 7:39 pm

OK then I’m happy it’s a good sign
Thanks
Oh about the aloe I did stop

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L February 21, 2016 at 6:47 am

What do u think of aloe vera gel
I’ve been taking it along with slippery elm before every meal and I feel that about an hour or so after eating my stomach burns
Is that the aloe doing this I use lily of the desert aloe and it does contain citric acid in it
Thanks

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robralph February 22, 2016 at 9:54 am

We don’t use aloe vera as a drink or gel so I’m afraid I can’t comment. However if it’s burning then that doesn’t sound like its helping.

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L February 21, 2016 at 7:29 am

Or Do u think it would be best maybe just to take aloe first thing in the morning only instead of every meal
Thanks again

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T February 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

I heard that slippery Elm is good for vaginal dryness for someone not going thru menopause….Is that true?

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robralph February 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

I have never come across this at all so I’m afraid I can’t comment.

Shelley

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L February 24, 2016 at 7:09 am

Slippery elm enough to heal digestive tract
OR should I add something else
I have no gallbladder and that is what in my opinion giving me acid reflux
I do eat healthy no fast food don’t drink coffee just green tea once a day and do walk daily
I put honey in my slippery elm before bed last night and it seemed to give me acid reflux so will stay away from the honey strange as I thought honey would be good
Thanks for your help

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L February 25, 2016 at 8:55 am

Actually if I take the honey with slippery elm drink in morning it’s fibr only night one before bed seems to give reflux so will continue for day drinks

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L February 25, 2016 at 8:56 am

Fine not fibr typo

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L February 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Once healed what is maintenance dosage
Thanks

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robralph March 1, 2016 at 10:16 am

Whenever you feel the need to take it or possible take for 2-4 weeks every 6 months but only if you feel that is necessary. Slippery Elm is very safe and often used in food substitutes like ‘Complan’ for individuals who can’t eat very much so you could take a cup of tea daily without issue.

Shelley

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L March 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

Thank you for all your help much appreciated ☺
I feel better everyday slippery elm has been so helpful of course with your help and guidance. Thank you for your website – please continue your great work – you are helping many
Have a great day ☺

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Jeni Quince March 1, 2016 at 2:19 am

Just read all the questions and answers. I hadn’t heard about slippery elm before today. It sounds great.

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A March 7, 2016 at 9:36 pm

I take digestive enzymes with my meals. Is it ok to drink the slippery elm tea directly after my meals.

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robralph March 8, 2016 at 10:59 am

Yes that is fine.

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Toyin March 14, 2016 at 11:55 am

Hi Shelley,

I have had chronic belching, worse when I’m hungry and first thing in the morning, for about 30 years now and have recently had a positive hydrogen breath test (with very high levels/readings – +400ppm). Had a dose of antibiotics and did the test again about 6 months after and the result was the same. Just finished a 2nd dose of antibiotics and symptoms still persists. Also had fecal calprotectin test done twice – 1st one was 136 and the 2nd was 100. My gastro consultant thinks I might has some kind of inflammation (he suspects diverticulitis) in my bowel and wants to do a colonoscopy which I’m not too keen on. As the fecal calprotectin is dropping, I’m hopping it will drop enough not to warrant a colonoscopy next time we check. Will slippery elm help reduce fecal calprotectin? Can it cure diverculitis…and if this is the cause of my SIBO, does this mean it can cure my SIBO? Your advice will be much appreciated.

Other symptoms are: occasional constipation/fecal loading/not fully emptying bowel, mostly unformed mushy stool and lack of/reduced peristalsis.

NB. I’ve had 3 endoscopies over the years and the last one revealed a hiatus hernia, varices in my esophagus and gastritis.

Also recently has other tests done – CT abdomen, barium swallow/meal and gastric emptying studies which were all normal.

Many Thanks.

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robralph March 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Hi Toyin

Slippery Elm can help with calming inflammation so if taking that can help to support your digestive system issues it’s definitely worth a try and I would certainly recommend a probiotic supplement too.

It may be time to consider seeing a holistic therapist – a nutritionist would be good if they happen to be a herbalist too that would be ideal!

Let me know if you do start using Slippery Elm and if it helps.

Regards

Shelley

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Alex March 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

I just bought slippery elm powder, so what is the right dosage?
Some say 1 teaspoon in a cup 3 times a day, and I also see 1/4 of
teaspoon. Should I use hot boiling water? And when should I drink it
30 minutes before meals or after? Which food I can add powder?
And also the dosage of powder added to food.Thanks

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robralph March 31, 2016 at 3:05 pm

We recommend 1 cup (made with 1 teaspoon) 3 x daily or as many times as required. Yes you can use boiling water or cold water but I certainly find it more palatable warm! You can drink it whenever it best suits you depending on your symptoms and what upsets your digestion the most. You could sprinkle a teaspoon of the powder on any food – however taken as a tea is the best form.

http://shs100.com/acatalog/Slippery-Elm-Bark.html

Kind regards
Shelley

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Jen April 8, 2016 at 1:29 pm

I have been suffering from UC for nearly 10 years . I usually go into remission for about 8 months at a time . But lately I have been feeling bad . I take asacol and imuran several times daily. So I must time all my supplementation properly . My question is can or should I take slippery elm tea before meals? That way I could gauge easier the proper timing . But if it is better working in an empty stomach , than I can try that instead. Thank ahead of time !

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robralph April 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Hi Jen
Before meals is fine, whatever works for you and doesn’t interfere with your medication.

Best wishes

Shelley

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Jen April 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Thank you for your reply !

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Mike April 10, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Hello Rob,

Your website is quite detailed and informative.
I am facing leaky gut problem for the last 6 months. Last week started taking Slippery Elm Gruel, it is extremely helpful so far. I am also doing parasite cleanse, taking paleo diet (without sugar, dairy, grains except lentils and quinoa).

Do you think, Slippery Elm use over the long term could help me get rid off leaky gut? Which other products/herbs could you suggest me taking to get rid off leaky gut?

Thank you for your help.

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robralph April 11, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Thank you for your comments.

I believe that Slippery Elm over a period of time can definitely help to heal the gut and if you are already noticing some improvement then the outlook can only be positive. The diet you’ve chosen (I feel) will also be very helpful.
Other herbs that you could consider are Marshmallow Root and Plantain.

Kind regards

Shelley

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Sally Nisley April 27, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Dear Rob,
Thank you so much for all of your excellent information on Slippery Elm. I purchase the powder recently and have been just mixing a teaspoon in 8 ounces of cold water in my little mini blender, and I drink right away. Am I loosing any nutritional benefits of the herb by not drinking it with warm/hot water? Thank you so much!
Sally

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robralph May 3, 2016 at 8:34 am

Hi Sally

Not really, because it is a powder. Boiling water is only needed if you are using whole leaves, flowers, roots etc.

Regards

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Richard D'Cunha April 29, 2016 at 5:51 pm

hello,

I read the readers comments after inserting in Google search engine how to administer “slippery elm”. Reading through your readers personal experience with the usage/dose rate on how best to administer the bark ( in my case it’s a fine root powder) I’ve gleaned that using a teaspoonful 2 hrs before or post medicines ( to eliminate the remotest chance of any interaction); mix with cod water into a paste then pour on boiled water (an average cup size ) then drink immediate as one would drink a cup of tea. In my particular case I hope would eleviate reflux caused by a hiatus hernia. Also cure/eleviate my diarrhoea caused by the late onset of radiation induced haemorrhagic cystitis. Currently, I’m having hyperbaric oxygen treatment as there is no “silver bullet” in curing the condition. I shall keep you posted on my progress. Oh! More of a P.S. I’m also taking turmeric powder to eleviate/cure my symptoms. Kind Regards, Richard D’Cunha U.K.

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Deb May 3, 2016 at 4:09 am

Hello,

I have only just started using slippery Elm the last few days. And noticed that I can’t get to sleep at night.
Would that be anything to do with using Slippery Elm?

Thanks,

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robralph May 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

There is no reason for Slippery Elm to affect your sleeping patterns unless the product you are using is not pure and may contain added sugars and other ingredients?

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Hazel norris May 8, 2016 at 3:31 am

Hey I am going to start slippery elm on Monday I have suffered with flare up of my stomach due to Diverertitis for a few days a friend of my told me to try this I got the Nature way Slippery elm bark vegetarian capsules 400mg it says to take 4 three times a day can I do 2 four times a day and how long should I do this can you help me please I’m new at this I do take a probiotic

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robralph May 9, 2016 at 8:28 am

Hi

You can take it however you feel is convenient and find a level and timing that works for you. A probiotic is always good to take whether you have intestinal issues or not so can only be beneficial in your circumstance.

Regards

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israr May 19, 2016 at 12:35 pm

hi rob
I have digestive issues from last 1 and half year i.e loose stools (had h.pylori +ibs D) now cured from h.pylori with herbs and supplements.Other tests are normal now i’m on healing portion ,for healing and support em using proboitics,digestive enzymes,glutamine,zinc carnosine, but still have loose stools i guess this is due to the damaged that h.pylori and sibo(ibs D) did.i want to know about slippery elm that how many caps i take /day.
thank you

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robralph May 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Hi

You can try 2 capsules 3 times a day initially – if the stools are still loose you may want to try some Psyllium capsules or powder – this will help stools to form better.

Regards

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israr May 19, 2016 at 3:57 pm

thank you for ur reply i will try psyllium caps if needed

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Norma May 28, 2016 at 9:23 am

Hi, can I sweeten the slippery elm tea with dried prunes for my 3year old who has been constipated for a couple of days. She has digestive problems and gut dysbiosis. Thanks for your response.

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robralph May 31, 2016 at 8:37 am

Yes that’s fine

Regards

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Lynn May 30, 2016 at 7:18 am

I have recently been diagnosed with Churg-Strauss, leaky gut, and yeast overgrowth. I have been on Prednisone over 1 year and have been trying to come off. My medication is to be taken with meals. My mother picked up Slippery Elm in capsules for me. From what I’ve read on this website, I have to take the Slippery Elm with meals, too, but not with other medication. Can you advise? I also take natural antifungals and vitamins. Next time, I will get the tea, but I don’t want to waste the capsules. The company is Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. It says other ingredients are magnesium stearate (vegetable), silicon dioxide (powdered silica), kosher gelatin, and water. Thank you!

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robralph May 31, 2016 at 8:40 am

Hi

It is more important that you take the slippery elm 2hrs apart from orthodox medication (doesn’t matter with other supplements so much) whether this is with food or not is not as important. I only recommend to take capsules with food to avoid extra indigestion.

Regards

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Duncan June 11, 2016 at 6:22 am

I have gurd I have had doctors look inside nothing but a little gastritis , have chest pain also had heart checked no problems can acid meds be to strong for my problem an causing the pain

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/ Duncan June 11, 2016 at 6:31 am

Just started taking slippery elm about a week im looking forward to relief with slippery elm I stopped the ppis.

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Jknee123 July 8, 2016 at 11:21 am

Been having acid reflux and indigestion problems for over 1 year. All tests say all ok. Was on 3 different ppis for different lengths of time. Had bad side effects from all of them. Some in the short term. Longest on dexilant for 8 months. Weaned off them all and now on Zantac 150. Keep trying anything that sounds like it might help. Just started slippery elm tea. Wondering how long this takes to feel some effects and is it ok to continue Zantac until feeling better with slippery elm. Any other suggestions would be welcome. Thanks.

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robralph July 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Hi

It can take up to a few weeks especially if the digestive system is very inflamed and irritated, but hopefully it won’t be that long. You can drink up to 4/5 cups a day if necessary to help initially. Make sure your tea is pure and only contains Slippery Elm Bark Powder and nothing else, otherwise other ingredients could irritate. Always advisable to take Slippery Elm a couple of hours away from other orthodox medication.

Regards

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Jknee123 July 8, 2016 at 2:29 pm

That seems like a lot of slippery elm. Are you sure it’s good for people on other medications such as high blood pressure. It definitely has a very soothing quality when swallowed.

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robralph July 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm

We recommend 1 teaspoon to each cup of hot water 3-4 times a day and this is not a lot even for those on medication as long as they are taking the medication at a different time to the tea. In 20+ years of practice I have never found slippery elm an issue with other medications.

Shelley

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Jknee123 July 8, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Thank you very much for your replied. The info you provide is a fantastic service. May I ask where do you practice.

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Jknee123 July 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm

Does slippery elm leave a horrible taste in your mouth. I’ve used it for about a week and I’m not sure if it’s from the slippery elm or something else. Anyone have the same symptoms.

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robralph July 11, 2016 at 8:28 am

This is not something I’ve ever come across so interested to hear from others???

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Cinka July 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Hi
I’ve been prescribed Slippery Elm 600mg with marshmallow 450mg and gamma Oryzanol 210 mg in capsule to treat ibs loose stools, cramping and gas. Things were actually getting better (less gas, better stools etc) but seem to have gone backwards after taking this capsule only 3 times. I have has even at night and more bowel movements
do you think I should stop taking this capsule until I speak to nutritionist or keep going until body adjusts? Also I was recommended to take it 20 mins before meals. What do you suggest?

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robralph July 18, 2016 at 8:27 am

Yes I suggest you stop and see if things improve and go back to your nutritionist. I don’t know what gamma oryzanol is but I do know that Slippery Elm and Marshmallow should not usually make things worse!

Regards

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Gail July 15, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Is it best to take slippery elm before or after eating?
I’ve had a severe case of diverticulitis & am being treated
With antibiotics. I know from comments to take couple
Hours prior or after meds.
Thx!

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robralph July 18, 2016 at 8:28 am

It depends if your taking capsules or just the powder, I normally recommend capsules with food to avoid indigestion with the capsules opening up on the way to stomach. But it’s whatever you find the most benefit from it is not important whether before or after to be honest.

Regards.

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Elizabeth July 29, 2016 at 5:18 am

Hi! I have had chronic stomach pain for 2 plus years with no real diagnosis despite numerous exams and even naturopaths. My dad recently reminded me about slippery elm so I decided to make a cup tonight. Forgot to mix it with cold water first! Just poured 1 cup hot water over one teaspoon of powder. Quite an intense flavor! Anyways, my symptoms are: intense upper abdominal pain, acid reflux (might be GERD now) bloating, anxiety, on and off loose stools, reoccurring yeast infections. I’m hoping this helps, to at least some degree! Am ready to heal and move forward in life. Great forum here. Looks like this herb has helped a lot of people. Many thanks in advance for any advice 🙂

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robralph August 1, 2016 at 9:08 am

Thanks Elizabeth – nutrition can be the best way to heal the gut and I don’t mean supplements! Try cutting out the usual allergens – DAIRY & GLUTEN & REFINED SUGARS. Let us know how you get on.

Best wishes

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Vaishali August 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Hi
I have chronic gastritis since 1 year . Recently I am taxing nexium40mg, 4 fm glutamine ,align probiotic, veganezyme . But still has problem like gas, bloating sometime constipation some time loose stool . Look like gas in my whole body . Can I still take slippery elm? Which one is best capsule or powder which is best for me and how much
Thank u

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robralph August 2, 2016 at 8:43 am

Hi

Yes you can still take Slippery Elm but as recommended previously it is best to take it a couple of hours away from other medication. I would always suggest the powder/tea form over capsules but it is entirely up to you. I personally would recommend the following:

http://shs100.com/acatalog/Slippery-Elm-Bark.html

Kind regards

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Annecatherine August 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

I was diagnosed as having esophageal ulcers and a hiatal hernia. The ulcers have completely healed, after being treated for 4 months with pantoprazol. A complete gastro intestinal examination proved this to be so. I continue to suffer from time to time with acid reflux which I’m told was the real cause of the esophageal ulcers. After what I read I would like to try slippery elm powder. Should I buy only the organic kind ? Is non organic kind safe, that is free of toxins, etc ?
Thanks.

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robralph August 2, 2016 at 8:45 am

Organic is always the better option but it isn’t essential even the non-organic powder has to pass rigorous testing to ensure it is pure and safe.

Regards

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Gail August 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

I am currently on a restrictive candida diet due to aspergillis Niger fungal lung infection which has effected my intestines and other areas. I am taking anti-fungal medication. I have had constipation issued for years and it is believed that the fungal and mold issues have caused this. Many laxatives, teas, colonic irrigation systems later I am currently trying restoralax and it worked for a while but waning now and I need to keep “going” as I move through healing this infection which has also affected my liver.
Can I use slippery elm daily for its laxative effect safely? I understand it to be very soothing – that’s awesome – as I definitely have irritation almost always and do not digest food without bloating.

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robralph August 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Hi Gail

Although Slippery Elm is said to have a laxative effect, I have never used it for that. In fact I’ve always used it for the opposite situations! However it is a very safe and soothing, healing herb to use so by all means give it a try and see if it helps you in this way.

Regards

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Shirley August 17, 2016 at 11:36 am

I have lost weight, that I didn’t need to loose since diverticulitis, will slippery elm cause me to loose more weight? I want to take, but don’t want to loose more weight.

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robralph August 19, 2016 at 9:59 am

Hi Shirley

I see no reason why Slippery Elm will make you lose weight. It will help to heal and soothe the whole digestive tract. All I can say is try it for a month and see how you go.

Best wishes

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Lori August 19, 2016 at 4:16 am

Hello,
I have found very little information about adverse side effects of slippery elm. I understand it is considered to be a very safe supplement. In your experience have you found it is best to start out at a low dose/frequency and increase gradually to the 4-5 cups /day?
I have heard reports of flatulence when first starting slippery elm and I am wondering if this side effect could be attributed to taking too much too fast.
Thank You

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robralph August 19, 2016 at 10:03 am

Hi Lori

There are no known side effects of Slippery Elm other than to take away from other medications as it can inhibit absorption due to lining the digestive tract. I’ve not had clients complain of flatulence being a side effect, to be honest that is usually a problem associated with certain digestive complaints that Slippery Elm is used to aid!

It’s always a good idea to start off slowly and build up especially if you are particularly sensitive. We usually recommend 3 cups daily for general use. Or as many as is required in severe situations.

Regards

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Satnder August 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

Hello sir I read your comments about s.elm I am suffering from stomach problems last 3to4years.i just order NOW slippery Elm powder and NOW digestive enzymes. My plan is to take slippery Elm powder before bedtime and NoW Optimal digestive system enzymes before breakfast. Please give me your suggestions Robralph sir

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robralph August 25, 2016 at 10:43 am

That sounds like a good plan. Why don’t you start with what you’ve suggested and let me know how it goes.

Regards

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Jennifer Harding September 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

Can you simply mix the powder with molasses? Or does it have to be in a liquid? Thanks

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robralph September 5, 2016 at 10:02 am

Yes you can mix it in with anything – when you take a capsule it is not in liquid form 🙂

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Pat September 6, 2016 at 6:34 am

I have had ibs for years which initially was IBS-D. Now it has changed to IBS-C and it seems as though the C causes lack of mucosa. Will slippery elm help restore it as it seems as if the lack of it might be responsible for the pain I experience after defecation.

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robralph September 6, 2016 at 10:50 am

Slippery Elm is thought to heal and help line the mucosa through the digestive tract so definitely worth a go.

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madelyn September 13, 2016 at 6:57 am

I have been diagnosed with watermelon stomach-blood vessels in the stomach seeping blood-looks like the striations on the outside of the watermelon in red. i probably will need cauterization in the future. I am going to start slippery elm as it’s been recommended by a friend and I have read up on it – do you think this will help heal my stomach, or should I be looking into something else. Many thanks.

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robralph September 19, 2016 at 11:02 am

I have not come across the use of Slippery Elm with this condition before – I recommend you check with your specialist that it is OK to take and it will also matter if you are on any medication?

Regards

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Amy Jo September 16, 2016 at 3:04 am

Are you familiar with a diagnosis of LPR? Silent Reflux? I am currently on a diet to help with that and am wondering if you know the fiber content of 1 teaspoon of the powder. I need to keep fiber at a minimum. I have had severe damage to my vocal cords and would love it if Slippery Elm could give me my voice back! Would the tea reach that part of the anatomy? I’m thinking to try the tea 3x a day. Thank you in advance.

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robralph September 19, 2016 at 11:05 am

Slippery Elm is the inner bark of a tree so is quite fibrous though not an irritating form such as bran or wheat but it has approx 1g of fibre for every 1.48g!

Regards

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Amy Jo September 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Thanks much. Any input on my other question?

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robralph September 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

Sorry! The vocal chords are protected by the epiglottis so the slippery elm wouldn’t particularly reach the chords directly but the fact that it does soothe and heal my still help that area generally. I’ve not come across it’s use for that but as you’re going to be taking it anyway it certainly wont hurt. I’d like to know if it does improve the issue.

Regards

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Amy Jo September 26, 2016 at 6:18 pm

That makes sense. And yes, I’ll let you know if it helps.
Thx.

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Jessica September 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

My 6 month old has terrible mucous and occult blood in his stool. He is exclusively breastfed, and I’ve tried eliminating multiple foods from my diet, but he still reacts. I’m interested in trying slippery elm to help with inflammation is with him but can’t find any info on how much to give him. Any recommendations? Also, I cleared trying it with his dr, but she had no idea about dosage. Thank you!

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robralph September 30, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Hi Jessica

I would try him on half a teaspoon daily initially and if he is fine with that – increase to twice daily if necessary. You can mix it with boiled cooled water or with your breast milk. It may be too thick to put through a beaker or bottle so giving it to him on a spoon will probably be the easiest. Let me know how it goes.

Regards

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Gill September 29, 2016 at 11:57 am

I have recently had stomach/ small intestine pain. Sometimes my throat closes and my nose also closes. I am confused at what causes this. After good diary it may be bread or milk as that’s when it’s at it’s worst. In agony this morning I drove 25 miles to Holland and Barret as I’m in the countryside. They recormend slippery elm. Umm! I thought bought it, drove home, mixed the powder with chestnut milk. Immediately the pain dissapeared. I am as cynicle as they come. The relief was and is amazing.

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robralph September 30, 2016 at 1:01 pm

That’s great to hear Gill.

Wheat and dairy can often aggravate an inflamed digestive system. Make sure when you purchase your Slippery Elm, it is free from those allergens and sugar etc – try to get it as pure as possible.

Best wishes

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