Side Effects of Slippery
Slippery elm is one of the greatest herbs known to mankind. It
is fantastic for stomach and gastrointestinal ailments such as
ulcers, diarrhea, colitis, constipation and many other ailments.
For over a hundreds of years, this humble herb has been used by
native Americans and American pioneers.
It is also a powerful herb to treat wounds, burns and various
and sundry skin problems. It’s even been used as a cure for
Specific Side Effects of Slippery Elm
We’ve talked minimally about the health benefits of slippery elm
but what about slippery elm side effects? There are none.
Occasionally, though, you will hear about an allergic skin
I’ve been studying herbal medicine and herbs in general for over
25 years and I’ve literally never heard about any negative side
effect associated with slippery elm. That said, the old saying,
"All things in moderation" is always wise counsel.
What about slippery elm drug interactions? There are no drug
interactions recognized at this time although you never know. That
said, this could change in the future. I doubt you will ever hear
about that, though.
Why not? Because in reality slippery elm is actually a food
although certainly not the kind you’d like to buy at a grocery
store. Not that it tastes horrible like cod liver oil or something
of that nature. Not at all. Slippery elm comes from the bark of the
slippery elm tree. It’s very bland in taste and has a mild yet
characteristic odor. It is light brown in color as well.
I doubt that it will ever have drug interaction problems or side
effects for the very nature of this wonder herb or food is that it
is very soothing to the human system both as a poultice or topical
agent and as a consumed food. This humble herb saved me from an
ulcer on a couple of different occasions (read about it at
It is so soothing when
taken internally as a food that if a newborn baby is having
trouble keeping food down, slippery elm will soothe the
stomach or distress and will be digested within the child
while simultaneously providing much-needed nutrition. Indeed,
slippery elm is a very, very mild food and calms the stomach
down literally almost instantly (at least in me it does!).
If you have any doubts at all, talk to your doctor. Or talk to a
naturopathic doctor and/or master herbalist. Your doctor will
probably deride slippery elm and medicinal herbs in general so be
prepared for that but get his/her opinion if you have serious
concerns about slippery elm.
Pharmacology of Slippery Elm
What about this herb’s pharmacology? Once the hygroscopic,
mucilaginous material is taken from the slippery elm bark, you have
a combination of sugars, starch, phytosterols, and other
constitutents. This material is used in powders for combination
with psyllium seed, throat lozenges, capsules and even liquid
One negative of slippery elm bark is that it’s becoming more and
more popular. It used to be that alternative health afficionados
like myself knew about it but no one else. Now, the US Forest
service has reported about thievery.
Some will go to areas where slippery elm trees are common and
strip the bark of the tree and eventually sell the slippery elm
powder. I don’t condone this and I hope you won’t either. Slippery
elm is a great herb but it shouldn’t be used so much that it harms
the environment or encourages theft. The moderate, controlled
harvesting of this invaluable herb is what is needed. I think
that's common sense.
This multi-facted herb is fantastic for gastrointestinal
disorders. It is also fantastic for skin problems, as mentioned.
It’s also very inexpensive and can be found in any health food
I personally use it as a powder in combination with psyllium
seed (this makes a very potent anti-constipation drink) and to
soothe upset stomach and for occasional, infrequent heartburn.
I hope this slippery elm bark side effects web page has been
useful to you.
Yours in health,
Nutritional Supplement Bible.com