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Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) is known for its ability to soothe inflamed mucous membranes of the digestive, respiratory and urinary systems as well as a number of skin conditions. To explore the characteristics, medicinal uses and prescribing considerations of this herb in more detail, check out the references indicated., 
- Common Names: Slippery Elm, Red Elm, Moose Elm, Indian Elm, American Elm
- Family: Ulmaceae
- Habitat: Ulmus rubra is native to North America. It thrives on high ground and dry soil. The species is considered "at risk".
- Parts Used: Inner bark
- Constituents: mucilage and tannins
- Medicinal Actions: demulcent, emollient, nutritive, astringent, anti-inflammatory, laxative, vulnerary
- chronic cystitis
- Other Conditions
- vaginitis, convalescence
- boils, splinters, and abscesses (drawing action), ulcers, skin protection
- Other Conditions
The information provided is intended to augment the treatment from a naturopathic doctor or other trained medical professional. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition, if you are on any prescription medications or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Formulations and Preparation
- Infusion - 1-2 tsp of powdered root stirred into 1/2-1 cup of warm water three times daily
- Capsule - 200g three times daily for bronchitis
- Tablet - for diarrhea
- Poultice - mix coarse powdered root with enough boiling water to make a paste
- Generally regarded as safe.
- Side-effects are not generally seen.
- Bark may be abortifacient (producing abortion).
- Drug-Herb Interactions are rare.
- May cause reduced absorption of oral drugs (speculative)
- Boon Heather, Smith Michael (2009) 55 Most Common Medicinal Herbs: The Complete Natural Medicine Guide Second Edition Institute of Naturopathic Education and Research, CCNM Toronto.
- Godfrey Anthony, Saunders Paul, Barlow Kerry, Gowan Matt (2011) Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Botanical Medicine, Advanced Botanical Medicine. V3 CCNM Press, Toronto.
- Stargrove Mitchell Bebell, Treasure Jonathan, McKee Dwight L (2008) Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies.
- Brinker Francis (1997) Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions: Plus Herbal Adjuncts With Medicines, 4th Edition Eclectic Medical Publications.