Slippery elm: Uses & Side effects

Slippery elm is a tree also known as Indian Elm, Moose Elm, Olmo Americano, Orme, Orme Gras, Orme Rouge, Red Elm, Sweet Elm, Ulmus fulva, Ulmus rubra, and other names.

Slippery elm has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating sore throat.

Other uses not proven with research have included cancer, infections, irritable bowel syndrome, cough, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids and others.

It is not certain whether slippery elm is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. Slippery elm should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.

Slippery elm is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Important Information

Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although not all side effects are known, slippery elm is thought to be likely safe for most people when taken by mouth.

Common side effects may include:

  • skin irritation.


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