Hi.

 

A friend recently recommended Slippery Elm Bark and told me it is good for gut inflammation. I have actually never heard of it. My question is has anyone tried it and got any benefit from it.

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I was not aware that slippery elm was indicated for gut inflammation. I am familiar with it as a remedy for sore throats/hoarseness and topically to relieve irritation caused by skin allergies.  I did just google it and it says it can be used for upset stomact/diarrhea. As for IBD, I am not sure.

 

If you are looking for something for IBD/inflammation, I have been taking turmeric for the past 1.5 years and I am happy with the results. A naturopath who happened to be on the ward with me when I was first diagnosed with UC, actually recommended turmeric, though I did not start taking it until years later. These days, its not uncommon for GIs to recommend it to their patients. It's good for joint pain as well.

Last edited by Spooky

Hi,

I took Slippery Elm on the advice of a Herbalist in the UK along with Turmeric when I had UC. In her book she explains "It contains mucilage which is a kind of starch released by soaking in cold water. This provides a protective coating over the entire digestive system & contributes a mild bulk laxative effect".

1 teaspoon to 1/2 cup water, 1-3 times per day.

Psyllium seed, Linseed & Marshmallow root have the same benefits described as "Demulcents"

Paul

Forgot to say it helped a little but there was nothing that helped an Auto immune disease, just took it to ease inflammation which it did

I took it for a while, but noticed no change.  I don't think it hurts to give it a try, though.

 

I too have started turmeric a year or so ago.  Again, hard to say whether it's making a real difference in my gut, but I do feel it helps joint pains.  My brother swears it helps his Crohn's symptoms.

Thank you all for the feedback. I"m undecided if I will try it as I'm not keen on taking something that probably won't work....tried afew things in the past which was just a waste of money.

Afew of you guys mentioned Turmeric? How is that taken. All I know about it is it comes in a powder form and you add it to food.

Yes, you can add the spice to your foods and/or take capsules.  I'm currently using "Doctor's Best" curcumin c3 complex. (500 mg.).  I believe I ordered them from Vitacost or Amazon.

The only time I had success with slippery elm was when I used in in the form of an enema back in the days when I still had a colon. After a colonoscopy I developed a flare (as usual). I had to take a weekend trip the next day and was looking for some quick relief. I had heard about using slippery elm as part of an enema preparation so gave it a try when I arrived at my hotel. It was a little wet and wild but I felt immediately better and had no problems the rest of that weekend.

 

I have not been able to repeat that level of success since - whether taking it orally or otherwise. I think it definitely can offer some symptomatic relief but probably under fairly limited circumstances.

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