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Slippery Elm

© David L. Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMH

Ulmus fulva

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 or ulcers.

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 a paste.

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Whilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary......more
 
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Marian wrote
9/22/2010 12:12:00 AM
Please help. How do you decoct 1 part powdered bark Ulmus in 8 parts water, as per David Hoffmann? That is equivalent to e.g. 50g Ulmus in 400 ml water. It is such a paste - a spoon stands upright in it! Impossible to simmer. Thanks. Marian, Phytotherapy student.

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