Part Used: Inner bark.
Constituents: Mucilage, composed of galactose, 3-methyl
galactose, rhamnose and galacturonic acid residues.
Actions: Demulcent, emollient, nutrient, astringent, anti-inflammatory.
Indications: Slippery Elm Bark is a soothing nutritive
demulcent which is perfectly suited for sensitive or inflamed mucous
membrane linings in the digestive system. It may be used in gastritis,
gastric or duodenal ulcer, enteritis, colitis
and the like. It is often used as a food during convalescence
as it is gentle and easily assimilated. In diarrhea it
will soothe and astringe at the same time. Externally it makes
an excellent poultice for use in cases of boils, abscesses
Priest & Priest tell us that it is ” the best demulcent
for internal and external use. It lubricates and soothes alimentary
mucosa, relieves intestinal irritation, and quietens the nervous
system” They give the following specific indications: acute
gastritis and duodenal ulcer, gastritis, diarrhea,
dysentary, enteritis. Inflammation of the
mouth and throat. Vaginitis. Burns,
scalds and abrasions. Haemorrhoids and anal
fissure. Varicose ulcer. Abscesses, boils,
carbuncles, inflamed wounds and ulcers.
Preparations & Dosage: Decoction: use l part of the
powdered bark to 8 parts of water. Mix the powder in a little water
initially to ensure it will mix. Bring to the boil and simmer gently
for l0-l5 minutes. Drink half a cup three times a day. Poultice:
mix the coarse powdered bark with enough boiling water to make