You said: "Another thing that crossed my mind was whether or not this happened because I drank it soon after drinking my med (pentasa)"
I believe you're supposed to leave a 2-hour window between taking slippery elm and a med. I drink a slippery elm mixture in the evening before going to bed. I mix a heaping teaspoon of powder into a glass of juice (preferably at room temp.) along with some probiotics. I let it sit for about
10-15 minutes to "gel up" and drink it down. This has been effective for me in reducing morning urgency and gas.
Also, if I have eaten something that I think will cause a problem I drink the same mixture (without the probiotics) during the day. But I pay attention to the timing so I'm not taking it within 2 hours of another med. like Colazal generic.
Generally speaking, the stuff seems to effectively soothe my digestive tract.
Regarding the use of aloe vera":
Common sense tells me that if you're bleeding then something is irritating your colon. If it were me, I would stop taking it. Don't mean to insult your friend, but I don't buy the explanation that the "toxins" are being washed out in the form of blood.
IMO you would be better off eating something bland like chicken broth for a couple of days as well as using the slippery elm. Give your colon a rest.
Hope this is helpful and that you feel better soon.
Diagnosed pancolitis 12/2003, Colazal generic (balsalazide).
Benebiotic and Jarrow S Boulardii probiotics, vitamins with iron, Starwest organic slippery elm bark powder, chia seeds, L-Glutamine and LDN.
Working toward a more organic, gluten-free, lactose-free diet.
Goals: (1) REDUCE INFLAMMATION (2) KEEP A SENSE OF HUMOR