Digestive Issues Just Slip Away
Monday, January 15th 2007
Native Americans and early settlers were the first to discover the versatility and benefits of slippery elm bark that went on to become an official drug until 1936.
Slippery elm gets its name from the bark of this tree being identified as 'slippery', due to its high mucilage content.
When we consume mucilage it is not digested or dissolved, but it does swell in the presence of water. Slippery elm is so high in mucilage that as little as 10 grains of the powdered bark will make a thick jelly out of 30ml of water.
Slippery elm is known as a soothing, nutritionally dense herb that coats the gastrointestinal tract to lubricate, nourish and reduce irritation. This makes it an ideal choice for any digestive complaint including colitis, diarrhoea, heartburn, etc.
Often used as a first food for weaning, in convalescence and the elderly, it can also be used as a cough suppressant when taken as a powder and can help reduce the pain of ulcers due to its ability to reduce irritation. It has proven to be very safe and effective in all these situations, having a unique taste that is often compared with cardboard, which is why it is available in capsule form.
In day to day use slippery elm has proven very beneficial to the whole digestive tract, especially for those of us under stress. After a meal or following a stressful day or event, the stomach may rumble and create excessive gas, or you may experience general indigestion. This is where slippery elm can be particularly useful.
Nature's Way super soothing premium quality Slippery Elm Bark
Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2007 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following supplements are all useful for Digestive Problems:
Acid Soothe Capsules
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
Broad Spectrum Enzyme
DigestEzyme (Super Papaya)
DigestAid (HCL with Pepsin)
Inner Health Plus
Chewable Papaya Mint
Slippery Elm Bark
Related health information can be found here:
Cayenne to strengthen the circulation, equalise blood pressure, arrest bleeding & assist with colds
Ulcers - Stomach
Related articles can be found here:
Calming with Chamomile
Ease stomach discomfort with Slippery Elm
Enzymes: The weakest link in your digestive system
Indigestion: Could be too little stomach acid
Repair gastrointestinal damage with Colostrum
The Benefits of Primadophilus Reuteri
If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.
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