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Slippery Elm

(Ulmus Fulva)

Slippery elm is a tree native to North America. The inner bark of the tree is dried and ground to a powder and can be used to make a gruel that has good nutritive value.

The main constituents of slippery elm are mucilage, starch and tannins. The mucilage contained in slippery elm can help to alleviate the pain of colic or stomach ulcers, and relieve inflammatory bowel conditions. Additionally slippery elm promotes the production of gastro-intestinal mucus, further protecting the linings of the stomach and intestines, particularly from excessive acid. Research suggests that slippery elm contains antioxidants that can reduce intestinal inflammation.

Slippery elm also has a mild laxative effect since the body cannot digest mucilage, so the soft mass that it forms moves easily through the intestines. In addition, it may prompt muscles in the intestines to contract, relieving constipation.


Summary of Actions

Mild Laxative
Anti-Inflammatory
Nutritive
Demulcent
Emollient