Slippery Elm Bark is rich in nutrients and contains mucilage, a long chain of sugars (polysaccharides), and is also known by the names Red Elm, Moose Elm, Indian Elm, and Winged Elm. It grows widely throughout North America
Slippery Elm contains mucilage (galactose), starch, tannins, calcium, vanadium, and zinc.
The inner bark of Slippery Elm is a Native American favorite and is used for the treatment of sore throats, coughs, and dryness of the lungs, wounds, skin inflammations, and irritations of the digestive tract. It is also used as a cough lozenge and is widely available in pharmacies. This herb is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gastritis, heartburn, and hemorrhoids. The powdered bark can be fed to people that cannot keep any food down such as chemotherapy patients or those recuperating from illness. It is also beneficial in alleviating inflammation caused by arthritis.
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