Slippery elm is the inner bark of the red elm tree. Native Americans used slippery elm in healing salves for wounds, burns, ulcers, boils and skin inflammation. They also took it orally to relieve diarrhea, stomach problems, coughs and sore throats.
Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a thick gel when mixed with water. This means it coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines.
Slippery elm also contains antioxidants that help to relieve inflammatory bowel problems. Interestingly, slippery elm stimulates nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract, leading to increased mucus secretion. The increased mucus helps to protect the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity.
Because it is rich in fiber, slippery elm also helps to soften the stool and allow it to be passed more easily. For this reason it is very valuable for individuals with constipation. Slippery elm is found in Fibertone.