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.
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"
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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