What is Slippery Elm Bark?
Slippery elm, or known by the herbal name Ulmus rubra, is a tree native to the central and eastern United States and Ontario, Canada.
Native Americans would peel its slimy red inner bark from twigs and branches and use it medicinally for many common ailments, like fevers, wounds, and sore throats.
When the bark is mixed with water, it generates a sticky material known as mucilage, which is therapeutic and soothing to anything it touches.
1. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Slippery Elm Bark is a demulcent. This means that it is capable of soothing the lining of the stomach and intestines and reducing irritation. Demulcents are sometimes referred to as mucoprotective agents.
Slippery Elm Bark is great for treating inflammatory bowel issues such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
2. Soothing a Cough and Sore Throat
Slippery Elm Bark contains mucilage, a sticky mixture of sugars that can’t be broken down by the human digestive tract. The mucilage coats the throat, so it’s no surprise that Slippery Elm Bark is found in many brands of throat lozenges.
Slippery Elm Bark is believed to be an antitussive, meaning it’s great for coughs and for symptoms of other upper respiratory ailments like bronchitis or asthma.
3. Irritation of the Urinary Tract
Slippery Elm Bark is sometimes recommended to people who experience unexplained inflammation of the urinary tract, like those with interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome). Slippery Elm Bark powder is thought to soothe the lining of the urinary tract. Therefore, it might help alleviate the painful irritating symptoms.
Slippery Elm Bark is a mild diuretic, so it aids in the flow of urine and eliminate waste from the body.
4. Heartburn and GERD
Slippery Elm Bark may be helpful for treating occasional heartburn, also known as acid reflux. It’s also considered a herbal remedy for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
GERD is a chronic disease that occurs when stomach acid flows back into esophagus and irritates the lining of the esophagus
The mucilage of slippery elm coats the esophagus and may help prevent the irritation and inflammation that occurs when stomach acid flows up the esophagus.
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