Ulcerative Colitis - Slippery Elm

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Any1
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/25/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
 I can't remember where I got the UC ? slippery elm connection now, but I've been using it for over a year and find it really helps.  Wondered if anyone else uses it. My UC makes me really ill in the mornings - nausea, cramping and a hundred-and-one-runs-to-the-loo. Impossible to feel like eating anything. S/Elm mixed with milk is a comfoting hot drink, calms down the gut and prevents hunger. Managed to get into remission last year with just this and Asacol while doctors were pushing for immunosupressants. I think it may be a native american remedy, but would be interested to hear more.
 dx UC 2007 (whilst pregnant aged 42!!!)
Asacol
Predfoam
Slippery Elm Bark


WorrywartNana
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 86
   Posted 4/25/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy: Am glad to hear you are in remission! May I ask what dosage of Slippery Elm Bark you take and do you take it daily? Is it liquid or power form? Is it organic?
 
19 yr old Grandson - Dx UC 12/08;  DX CD 4/09
Dec 19/08 - Hospitalized (1st time)
Apr 9/09   - Hospitalized (2nd time) with UC CD flare
Current Meds in Hospital on IV:  Hydocortisone 75 100 mg, Oxycodone 15mg every 4 hrs, diltiavem gel 2% in Proctodan hc, xylocaine 2% gel & cream (creams don't help); Humira injections started Apr 24/09.
 
Is still in hospital 
 
Previous Meds:  Prednisone 40 mg; Asacol 800 & Morphine (can't take - is allergic to both)
Hospital Suppliments:  IV vitamins & potasium, boost, low fiber diet.
 
 


julee70
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 4/25/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I read about it on the Dr. Weil website a few years ago. Tried it for a year, on and off, and I didn't think it really helped me. I used to make a tea from Slippery Elm powder. It didn't taste like much.
I prefer ginger tea these days.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Lialda, Asacol foam, Lomotil
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine, Cortifoam)
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


Any1
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/25/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
hello Worrywartnana, there's not really a formal 'dose' with slippery elm. It's not recoginised as a 'medicine' here in the Uk, but sold in health food stores. It's a powder. I use 2 heaped teaspoons in a cup of milk. You have to mix it up like custard powder with a little milk first, then add the rest. You can use a suacepan or a microwave. You have to stir it a lot. It can get very lumpy. Eat the lumpy bits, don't throw them away. You can sweeten it with honey or maple syrup. I use low calorie sweeteners. It has no taste of it's own otherwise. A mugfull with milk is about 180-200 calories, which is approx the same as a bowl of breakfast cereal. 'Old-wives'-gossip' says that this drink is a natural anti-inflamitant, and is super-sticky so that it clings to the lining of the gut, soothing and protecting it. Of course it won't work for everyone, but I've found it really helpful and comforting. I wish I could remember where I first read about it. Good luck.

 dx UC 2007 (whilst pregnant aged 42!!!)
Asacol
Predfoam
Slippery Elm Bark


Sara14
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4538
   Posted 4/25/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Any1. Welcome to the forum!

I have not tried slippery elm but have always been interested in trying it. Maybe I'll see if my health store has some next time I'm in. What UC symptoms has it helped you with, if you don't mind sharing? Does it cut down on your bathroom trips? What does of Asacol are you on?
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistant rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


Any1
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/26/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
hello - I find Slippery Elm helps most with abdominal aches, and with bleeding. But most of all it's useful as something gentle and nourishing to eat when I can't face anything else, especially first thing in the morning. When I'm working I have an early start and If I eat anything more solid I'm running to the loo for the next hour or more. Slippery elm keeps me going until about 11am when I'm usually feeling much better. Currently on 12 asacol tablets a day as I've had a flare for the past 3 weeks, but getting under control now so probably will drop back to 6 next week. Best wishes.

 dx UC 2007 (whilst pregnant aged 42!!!)
Asacol
Predfoam
Slippery Elm Bark

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