Dr MB’s Slippery Elm Bark
Since the 19th century, slippery elm, also known as red elm, has served as an herbal remedy in North America.
It effectively treats various digestive issues, including constipation.
The key to its effectiveness lies in its mucilage content.
When mixed with water, mucilage forms a slick gel that coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines.
This makes it a suitable option for addressing conditions like sore throat, cough, GERD, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, IBS, diverticulitis, and diarrhea. Interestingly, it has even shown potential in treating breast cancer.
These are just some of the slippery elm benefits. What else can this amazing tree bark do? Let’s take a look.
Slippery Elm Benefits
Slippery elm has mucilage and antioxidants, making it effective for treating wounds, burns, boils, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
It can also alleviate inflammatory bowel conditions, benefiting an IBS diet. Additionally, it protects against ulcers and excess acidity by stimulating nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract, which increases mucus secretion.
1. Improves Constipation, Bloating, Diarrhea and Issues with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Likewise, it’s been shown to treat diarrhea as well, along with diverticulitis.
2. Aids in Weight Loss
Since slippery elm has the ability to improve digestion, this process can aid in weight loss.
3. Lowers Stress and Anxiety
Many plants contain phenolics, which are aromatic benzene ring compounds that produce one or more hydroxyl groups, mainly for protection against stress. This makes slippery elm a great stress reliever.
4. May Help Prevent Breast Cancer
Many women battling breast cancer have turned to slippery elm due to its potential benefits.
In the 1920s, it emerged as a promoted option for treating breast cancer, including DCIS. The inner bark of slippery elm, Ulmus fulva or U. rubra, has become popular for breast cancer treatment, secondary prevention, enhancing quality of life, and managing side effects of conventional treatment.
Its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful in relieving breast cancer-associated pain. Slippery elm is commonly found in herbal tea mixtures and dietary supplements.
Slippery elm has been shown to help patients with psoriasis, which is a big deal given that there is no cure for psoriasis. Five case studies were evaluated of patients with psoriasis following a specific dietary regimen. Evaluation consisted of a study group of five patients, both men and women between the ages of 40–68, diagnosed with chronic plaque psoriasis.
The subjects were asked to consume saffron tea and slippery elm bark daily. The five psoriasis cases, ranging from mild to severe at the study onset, improved on all measured outcomes over a six-month period, proving slippery elm makes a great addition to any psoriasis diet treatment.
These are just the few important benefits but the list does not end here.
Its important though what strength of this herb you are taking, especially when you want to see good positive results.