Slippery Elm Monograph

Slippery Elm Monograph

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm is mainly used to coat and protect the mucous membranes of the digestive system.

Botanical Name:  Ulmus rubra (formerly Ulmus fulva)

Common Name:  Slippery elm

Family:  Ulmaceae

Parts Used:  Inner bark

Constituents:  Mucilage (polysaccharides – galactose, rhamnose, galacturonic acid), tannins

Medicinal Actions:  Demulcent, emollient, antitussive, nutritive, astringent, antiinflammatory

Uses:  Oesophagitis, gastritis, colitis, peptic ulcers, diarrhoea, enteritis, burns, wounds. Through a reflex action its mucilage is useful for vaginitis, coughs and soothing the urinary tract.

Therapeutic Dosage:  5 to 20 ml of powdered bark in water, three times a day.

Contraindications:  None known

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