Slippery Elm for UC?

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jen h 99
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   Posted 8/1/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I read that Slippery Elm is a good drink for inflammation/ulcers/stomach/bowels.

Anyone tried it?

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   Posted 8/2/2009 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried it on and off for a couple years. I never saw any improvement that I thought was tied to it, but I liked the idea that it was soothing for my intestines. I read about it on dr. andrew weil's website and I think the site had some slippery elm tea preparation tips. I used to mix the powder with hot water and maybe add honey. It definitely didn't make me worse. You probably have nothing to lose in trying it.
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

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   Posted 8/2/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried it and didn't see much improvement. It tastes horrible.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/2/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Same as the others. No benefit seen, and it doesn't taste good -- although not even close to tasting as foul as some of the Chinese herbal powders I tried a while back. I bought slippery elm capsules and would then empty out the powder from them into a mug of warm water.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally

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   Posted 8/2/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Me too......tried it and did not see any difference.
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