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Slippery Elm

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: grey elm, Indian elm, moose elm, red elm, sweet elm, Ulmus fulva, winged elm

Generic Name: Slippery Elm

Drug Class: Gastrointestinal, Herbals

What Is Slippery Elm and How Does It Work?

Slippery elm is an herbal supplement used orally to treat conditions such as Colitis/diverticulitis, constipation, cough, cystitis, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, sore throat, ulcer prevention, and urinary tract infections. Slippery Elm can be used topically for treatment of wounds, burns, gout, rheumatism, cold sores, boils, abscesses, ulcers, toothaches, sore throat, and as a lubricant to ease labor.

Slippery elm is effective as treatment for sore throat, inconclusive for others.

Slippery elm is available under the following different brand names: grey elm, Indian elm, moose elm, red elm, sweet elm, Ulmus fulva, and winged elm.

Dosages of Slippery Elm:

  • Oral
  • Topical

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Powdered Inner Bark (1:8 decoction)

  • 4-16 ml orally three times daily

Powdered Inner Bark (nutritional supplement)

  • 4 g/500 ml water orally three times daily

Liquid Extract

  • 5 ml orally three times daily; 1:1 in 60% alcohol


  • Apply topically; mix course powdered inner bark with boiling water
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2017

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