Slippery elm dosage and long term use.

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Adam77
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   Posted 4/3/2012 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been using slippery elm for heartburn, and it has been really helping so far. I follow the dosage guideline on the bottle, and I take four 350mg capsules three times a day 1 hr before meals. I would like to take 4 caps 4 times a day, but I am not sure if thats safe or not.

I am also wondering if there are any long term usage side effects of slippery elm.

bcfromfl
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   Posted 4/4/2012 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe I'm not understanding your logic, but why are you taking this product in capsule form when your goal is to relieve heartburn symptoms? Heartburn occurs in the esophagus, yet the supplement only becomes available after the capsule dissolves in the stomach. Any potential benefit would be from that point "diownward".

If you're going to experiment with this, then a lozenge would be much more effective, and you might use less of it on a daily basis. Thayers has 150mg per lozenge.

-Bruce

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 4/4/2012 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
There is also a powder

Adam77
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   Posted 4/4/2012 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I will try powder form of slippery elm. If caps are not effective for heartburn then why they have been helping in my symptoms.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 4/5/2012 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure if anyone knows how slippery elm works. Maybe it reduces the acidity in the stomach. Thanks for posting your question. I will probably buy some.

Adam77
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   Posted 4/9/2012 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I tried the powder form of Slippery Elm, but it was not as effective as the caps. So, for whatever reason, caps seem to help in my symptoms.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 4/9/2012 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I just ordered some losenges. I'll let you know how that works. I can tell the difference in my singing voice since I switched off the PPI, and I hope to turn that around.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/9/2012 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
That's good to hear Adam. I'm trying marshmallow capsules at the moment - wasn't sure if it was helping but now I can feel the draught now that I've run out. Not a cure-all but a nice add on remedy. I've ordered a more potent one to try.

I tried slippery elm chewable but it was vile! Will dig around in the cupboard to see if I already got capsules of it.

It's good to hear your progress: there's been so much negative stuff on the forum of late, putting down any claims of success with natural remedies and painting a bleak picture of a downhill disease ending in surgery or cancer. For those of us who don't qualify for more heavy duty treatment but have to live with the symptoms, it can be hard going. Thank you for posting your progress.

I don't think slippery elm has any side effects long term unless it can interfere with absorption of nutrients - but then ppis do that and we're told to take them anyway!!

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
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Nickles
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   Posted 4/9/2012 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Adam,
 
I tried Slippery elm in lozenges in June 2011, back when my GERD/LPR got worst.
It did not help me. I would chew and suck on 3-9 tablets per meal or when my throat was bad. I don't think they ever helped me.
 
I am taking the Aloe Vera, the pink bottle. It also has slippery elm. Again I did not see major improvements, but my symptoms were not bad.
 
I agree with MMM. There has been a bash against natural remedies as of lately. One person cannot possibly know everything. And one dr. cannot know everything about GERD and LPR. If that was the case we would all turn to that person for answers. There is no one answer for everyone, but we do have similarities with others.
 
If western medicine were the answer, there would not be eastern medicine or natural alternatives that have helped some people. Surgery is not an option for everyone. I personally got dissapointed at the western medicine, because not one of their perscription or dosage manage to help my symptoms at all. Of course my experience is one, but I think we can all agree that our dr. job most often is "what are your symptoms, here is your perscription in "general" "

sunbeam48
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   Posted 4/14/2012 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I received my lozenges this week, and the bottle says up to 10 per day.

Nickles, I agree with your comments. Those negative comments help no one, they are just one person's perception or experience.

Post Edited (sunbeam48) : 4/14/2012 4:45:26 AM (GMT-6)


Rick7
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   Posted 5/9/2013 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Slippery Elm - I take that too. My understanding is that it is a barrier not a chemical effect such as acid buffer. I have found strong teas a bit too much after a while so now I use about 1/4 teaspoon of powder to a litre of boiled water and let it thicken up/brew for an hour or even over night. Good and mild so fine cold. I try not to take in actual slippery elm debris at he base of the brew.

I also found sucking the lozenges worked well in the dry dry heat of Las Vegas but not needed in this cooler and damper west coast.
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