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.

{ 78 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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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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