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Slippery Elm Bark

Slippery elm bark remedies are derived from the ‘Ulums fuva’ or ‘Ulmus rubra’ tree. The powder is made from the dried inner bark of this tree, which should be ideally older than ten years of age. Slippery elm was quite a popular powerful medicinal remedy among the Native Americans, and its use was fast adopted by the European settlers as well. It may be used in cleaning and soothing of the colon, but one has to first consult his physician who shall recommend the proper dosage and explain the potential risks. This soothing herb can also be used externally to soothe, strengthen, and disperse inflammation in wounds, skin eruptions (boils, abscesses and carbuncles) and all kinds of burns.


Slippery elm bark contains mucilage, fatty acids and phytosterols. Mucilage is, however, the main active ingredient, and according to researchers it has antitussive, emollient and gastrointestinal qualities that act to bring about the ‘soothing effects’ that in effect protects the throat and the colon. These are the same elements that offer anti-inflammatory properties on the throat, intestines and stomach.

Generally, the slippery elm can be used in remedying a variety of conditions, such a

  • – Stomach ulcers, acid reflux and chronic constipation
  • – Acne, dysentery, vaginal irritation and poison ivy (if used as poultice)
  • – Sore throat, sores and bronchitis
  • – Pneumonia and painful urination


The mucilage contained in slippery elm bark usually turns into a gel- like compound when it comes into contact with water thus coating the throat and the digestive tract. Additionally, it stimulates the secretion of mucus in the gastrointestinal tract which offers protective effects and reduces acidity. This is the major reason why it can be taken to help treat sore throats, heartburn, coughs and acid reflux. For those who suffer from gastritis or Crohn’s disease, it is what you need to effectively cleanse and sooth your colons.

Dosage and Cost

Slippery is available in the market in the form of lozenges, tablets, capsules and dried inner bark (powder). For cleansing your colon, a dose of 800 mg to 1 of slippery elm capsules or tablets for three or four times a day is recommended. Its dried bark can also be made into tea by boiling it in water. To do this, just take 2 tablespoons of the finely powdered bark, add to two cups of boiling water and then leave it to boil for another five minutes. You can then drink this three times in a day. The other option is to take 5 milliliters of the slippery elm tincture after every eight hours for the number of days recommended by the doctor.

A 100 capsule bottle of slippery elm goes for between $9 to $16 while a 16-ounce bag of its powder costs anywhere from $20 to $26, which is actually comparatively cheaper than most other prescription drugs serving the same purpose.

Note That

According to medical researchers from Marylannd Medical Center, the major risk factor associated with taking slippery elm is the fact that the mucilage can also slow down the absorption of other medications and supplements. It is therefore advisable to take a dosage of slippery elm after at least a period of two hours from other medications or remedies. Some cases, although very rare, have also been reported of people developing allergic reactions to slippery elm.