Slippery elm

Slippery elm

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Slippery elm

The inner bark of the towering slippery elm (Ulmus rubra Muhl) tree can be beaten into a powder, added to water and be used to create a ‘slippery’ concoction that is used in treating toothaches, healing scrapes and heal constipation. Slippery elm was later used to treat gunshot wounds. This herbal supplement has long been used as medicine by health authorities in the United States. Later American Revolution turned to this herbal medicine to treat gunshot wounds. During that period slippery eel was tuned onto a nutritious broth that was used to feed young an elderly. Recently, it gained the approval of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as nonprescription demulcent or a soothing agent that can be taken internally.

The use of slippery elm has survived because it works well in coating and soothing irritated mucous membranes. This is due to the inner bark called mucilage. Mucilage is a gel-lie substance that when eaten forms a protective substance along the throat, digestive tract and other areas. The astringent compounds found in the herb called tannins can tighten the tissue. Slippery elm is found to be effective in treating various ailments and also assist in:

o Soothing cough, sore throat and bronchitis. Throat lozenges are specifically good in easing cough and sore throat, coating the area and lowering irritation. The Slippery elm’s bark tea and liquid extracts serve the same purpose too.
o Easing gastrointestinal symptoms particularly Crohn’s disease. The soothing effect mucilage effect could be used for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

Slippery elm comes in several variations which include: tincture, tablet, powder, ointment, lozenges, liquid and dried herb/tea. To treat bronchitis, drink two or three cups of the tea a day. To make the tea, prepare the tea, add 1 tablespoon of dried herb or 1 tablespoon of liquid extract to eight (8) ounces of hot but not boiling water. For chronic bronchitis, use the dosages during flare up. For cough, drink three cups of slippery elm tree. Or, drink one cup of slippery elms tea everyday. To treat sore throat, take 1 tablespoon of dried herb for each 8-ounce of hot water. Or, mix a tablespoon of liquid extract in 8 ounces of cup hot water. Clean minor wound by applying slippery elm treatment, slave and alter in the other substance.

Slippery elm when taken internally can soothe a number of digestive disorders such as: irritable bowel syndrome (BS), colitis and diverticulitis, inflammation of the gut or colic, instant relief to acid indigestion or reflux and ulcers in the gut. As a supplement, Slippery Elms are also great for debilitating states and baby foods. In the past, it is also used to treat chest, lungs and bronchial problems.

Slippery elm in the boardinghouse can easily be found in health stores. There are no known dugs or nutrient interactions linked with Siberian ginseng. Some people develop allergic rash when slipper elm is applied to the skin. Make sure that you buy the products that only certain recommended diagenes. It is not known if slippery eels can cause risks during pregnancy.

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