Slippery Elm Monograph
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
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