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Slippery Elm Root has been used historically in diverse parts of the world to improve a variety of bodily functions and ailments. Slippery Elm is known to help with coughs as well as sore throats. The bark of the tree is harvested for its inner lining or pith, which contains a high mucilage content that gives rise to the “slippery” factor. When taken orally, mucilage becomes slick and coats the mucous membranes in the intestinal tract soothing inflammation, relieving pain and giving your bowels a much needed rest to heal themselves. It can also aid in relieving diarrhea and constipation.
Benefits of Slippery Elm:
- Digestion- The mucilage found in its bark is ideal for soothing the digestive tract and eliminating inflammation, primarily the type that causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). There is also a significant amount of fibrous tissue found in the bark, which can help to bulk up the stool and eliminate issues like diarrhea.
- Sore Throat, Cough- Slippery elm 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 is found commercially in many brands of throat lozenges.
- Anti-inflammation- One small clinical study found that a mixture containing slippery elm enhanced bowel movements in patients with constipation-predominant IBS; however, the bark was part of a mixture of ingredients, and no study to date has supported these findings. Another study found that slippery elm had an antioxidant effect in people with Crohn’s disease.
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“People take slippery elm for coughs, sore throat, colic, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bladder and urinary tract infections, syphilis, herpes, and for expelling tapeworms. It is also used for protecting against stomach and duodenal ulcers, for colitis, diverticulitis, GI inflammation, and too much stomach acid. Slippery elm is also taken by mouth to cause an abortion. Slippery elm is applied to the skin for wounds, burns, gout, rheumatism, cold sores, boils, abscesses, ulcers, toothaches, sore throat, and as a lubricant to ease labor.” Slipper Elm
“All the herbs tested are likely to contain numerous biologically active and, specifically, antioxidant compounds. These include vitamins C and E, in varying concentrations, both naturally and in some preparations as preservative additives.” Antioxidant effects of herbal therapies used by patients with inflammatory bowel disease: an in vitro study
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