Slippery Elm is a tree native to North America. The inner bark of this small tree has medicinal properties. The bark is collected in spring and dried. It smell like fenugreek and it is insipid. It is available in various forms.
As a tablet, capsule or fine powder, it is mucilaginous. When added to water, it swells up to form a thick jelly. In USA, slippery Elm is considered a drug. It has been used for various ailments. These include coughing, gastritis, enteritis, cystitis and acid reflux.
The mucilaginous effect of Slippery Elm makes it an effective acid reflux treatment. In the stomach the Slippery Elm swells up to form a thick jelly and like sodium alginate absorb gastric acid and form a raft like barrier on top of the stomach content reducing acid reflux into the esophagus. By preventing acid reflux, Slippery Elm reduces the damage from acid on the esophagus.
Slippery Elm also has anti-inflammatory properties and at the local level can be beneficial to the stomach and esophageal lining.
There is no known side effects or drug interaction. It can be taken as a capsule or tablet. It is also available as a tea and a tincture. Some sore throat and cough lozenges have Slippery Elm as an ingredient.
Dr. Phil Hariram.
Acid Reflux Guide.