I have not tried slippery elm yet, but might give slippery elm tea a try soon. If anyone is interested in this, below is some info I found on the U of MD Medical Center website.
The following are recommended adult doses for slippery elm:
* Tea: Pour 2 cups boiling water over 4 g (roughly 2 tablespoons) of powdered bark and then steep for 3 - 5 minutes. Drink three times per day.
* Tincture: 5 mL three times per day. Note: Contains alcohol.
* Capsules: 800 - 1,000 mg three times daily. Take with a full glass of water.
* Lozenges: follow dosing instructions on label.
* External application: Mix coarse powdered bark with boiling water to make a poultice; cool and apply to affected area. Never apply slippery elm to an open wound.
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.
Slippery elm has no serious side effects. Because it coats the digestive tract, it may slow down the absorption of other drugs or herbs. You should take slippery elm 2 hours before or after other herbs or medications you may be taking.
Slippery elm is thought to be safe in pregnancy and during breastfeeding, but no scientific studies have been done to confirm this. The outer bark of the elm tree, however, may contain substances that could increase the risk of miscarriage, so sometimes pregnant women are advised to avoid slippery elm.
There are no scientific reports of slippery elm interacting with any other medications, although it may slow down the absorption of other drugs or herbs.
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