Marshmallow Root/Slippery Elm

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nettiemoore
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   Posted 4/2/2011 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys. I recently purchased marshmallow root (capsule form) and slippery elm (liquid extract). I'm currently in a really bad flare up (for over a month now) and was hoping these would maybe help a little bit. I was wondering if anybody else takes these and when/how do you recommend taking them. I did a quick search of the forum and didn't find too much.

Thanks :]

songlady
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   Posted 4/2/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I've used Slippery Elm and I've thought it really helped - but the only thing is, it needs to be taken several hours before and after meds. Since I take meds (Asacol) four times a day. if I forget to take to take S. Elm at the opportune moment, I'm nervous about taking it too close to my meds and my meds just sliding through without absorption.
But.... I have liked Slippery Elm. Have not tried Marshmallow.
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Age 55. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Asacol - 16 pills/day,
Rowasa and Canasa occasionally
Metamucil - 2 doses/day
VSL#3DS 2 x daily, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
homemade yogurt each day
doing well!
Son, 17, dx pancolitis 2007, in remission

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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 4/2/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried slippery elm and bitters compound, both taste terrible and didn't help my condition. I have heard of a few people having some luck with slippery elm but I am not sure if they were severely flaring or in a mild flare. I tried it when I was pretty far gone.
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03/07: Diagnosis: Mild Proctitis | 08/08: Diagnosis: Pancolitis - FLARE & Anemic! Asacol (3600mg) + Canasa (1000mg morning/night) | 01/10: FLARE! Prednisone + Cortifoam + Asacol + Canasa + Rowasa | Currently: stable - Asacol (3200mg) + Canasa (nightly) + 6mp + Allopurinol + Prednisone + Ponstel + Klonopin + Ambien

songlady
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   Posted 4/2/2011 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, that might be the difference.... I've used it when flaring only mildly.
Co-Moderator, UC Forum
Age 55. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Asacol - 16 pills/day,
Rowasa and Canasa occasionally
Metamucil - 2 doses/day
VSL#3DS 2 x daily, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
homemade yogurt each day
doing well!
Son, 17, dx pancolitis 2007, in remission

nettiemoore
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Total Posts : 89
   Posted 4/2/2011 11:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not currently on any medications (waiting on my 3rd remicade infusion, first two didn't do anything and I refuse to take prednisone again) so that wouldn't be a problem. Otherwise would you suggest just adding the slippery elm to water and taking it before meals?
Kiolm, I have changed my diet severely. I'm currently not eating gluten, dairy, or sugar. I'm not looking for a "fix," just something that might make things a little easier. I don't think it's going to send me straight into remission.
20 years old
UC since September 2008, diagnosed in April 2010

Currently in a terrible flare up.
I've had 2 infusions of Remicade and waiting for the 3rd.
So far no improvements.

hekela
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   Posted 4/3/2011 12:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't tried marshmallow but I do take slippery elm capsules. I wasn't flaring when I started taking them but they changed icky mush BMs into much more formed BMs. I'm pleased with the results and I take 2 capsules in the middle of the day because I take my asacol in the morning and evening.
I really don't know if taking it before meals as opposed to some other time would make a difference. Since you're not on any other meds, try it out (maybe keep a journal of times you take it and your symptoms) and see how it goes.
32, happily married, stay at home mom to boys, ages 2 &5.
currently: well
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), dx'd 2006
-mainly whole foods diet, no caffeine
-Prayer! Asacol, Slippery Elm, psyllium husk powder.
-Nicotine (ecig) to get out of flares

pmedic
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   Posted 4/3/2011 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I used Slippery Elm with good results. I was bleeding very heavily and started taking 2 capsules 3 times per day and the bleeding nearly stopped for about 3 months but then I started having some break through bleeding so I started taking Bee Propolis and it helped me considerably for the diarrhea and bleeding.
Dx:Ulcerative Colitis March 2008
Dx: Crohns May 2008

No surgeries yet but I am desperately trying to keep my colon.
8 blood transfusions, SVT due to low H&H, Anxiety during new medication injections due to past reactions.
Been through MANY medications with mixed results
Currently on Cimzia, Lialda, Ambien (prn), xanax(prn) Bee Propolis 500mg twice per day.

Eva Lou
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   Posted 4/3/2011 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried them years ago, & did not have any noticeable results. I was mildly flaring at the time, and taking just Asacol, I believe.
diagnosed 2002
Asacol
Remicade-10mgs/kg- from 4/07 thru 1/10
Humira
Imuran- 150mgs/day
homemade kefir, probiotic supplement, turmeric

becky 9/24/04
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Total Posts : 76
   Posted 7/1/2014 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
am on them now. Both were recommended by my natropathic doctor. It's only been a couple days so we will see what the result will be for me.

Good luck.

Becky
was on 150mg Imuran, now on 100mg!
Probiotics (2-8 caps per day)

MEDS that DON'T work for me:

Mesalamine (Lialda) Oral/rectal- Torrential D and V
Cortifoam Enemas- Made Blood Worse
Sulfasalazine-Made D worse


NO COFFEE, HOT PEPPERS, ASPARTAME OR MSG FOR ME!!!!
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