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Slippery elm for Constipation
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Slippery elm for Constipation
There are many different herbs and foods which are beneficial for constipation.

For a person with constipation, a good herb to start with is Slippery elm.
06-26-2012 07:51 AM
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(06-26-2012 07:51 AM)Joe Wrote:  There are many different herbs and foods which are beneficial for constipation.

For a person with constipation, a good herb to start with is Slippery elm.

Yes, slippery elm forms a slick mucilage that helps to hydrate the feces and to help move the feces easier through the intestines. This is especially great for people who have hemorrhoids from straining during bowel movements since it makes the bowel movements so much easier.

I also like the fact that slippery elm is not a stimulant laxative live senna, cascara sagrada, rhubarb root or the aloes since these can cause a laxative dependence after a few weeks of use.

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06-26-2012 08:27 PM
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how to make it more "palatable"?



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(06-26-2012 07:51 AM)Joe Wrote:  There are many different herbs and foods which are beneficial for constipation.

For a person with constipation, a good herb to start with is Slippery elm.

Yes, slippery elm forms a slick mucilage that helps to hydrate the feces and to help move the feces easier through the intestines. This is especially great for people who have hemorrhoids from straining during bowel movements since it makes the bowel movements so much easier.

I also like the fact that slippery elm is not a stimulant laxative live senna, cascara sagrada, rhubarb root or the aloes since these can cause a laxative dependence after a few weeks of use.

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06-26-2012 09:04 PM
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how to make it more "palatable"?

With slippery elm and other mucilages such as marshmallow root I prefer to add some licorice root powder. Licorice root is 50 times sweeter than sugar and has many health properties such as being a steroidal anti-inflammatory, supporting the liver and kidneys, supporting the adrenals, being antiviral and immune enhancing (increases interferon), etc.

You do not need very much if you are just going for flavor. And contrary to popular belief it does not take like black licorice, which some people do not like the flavor of. Black licorice candy is generally flavored with star anise.

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06-26-2012 09:28 PM
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(06-26-2012 08:27 PM)James Wrote:  I also like the fact that slippery elm is not a stimulant laxative live senna, cascara sagrada, rhubarb root or the aloes since these can cause a laxative dependence after a few weeks of use.

Here is some more detail.

Senna, Cascara sagrada, Rhubarb root and Aloe, contain chemicals which stimulate peristalsis of the intestines. These are effective in very severe cases of constipation, and get things moving when nothing else will. They should only be used in very severe cases of constipation, and should only be used until normal bowel movements have been established. Then more gentle things, like Slippery elm, should be used.

The action of these herbs occurs several hours after they are taken. It has been suggested to take them before going to bed, so you will have a bowel movement in the morning.

These herbs can cause a fair amount of discomfort, or pain, when contractions occur in the intestines.

Stimulant laxatives are not recommended for most cases of constipation, but in very severe cases, when nothing else works, these will work.

Some people think drugs have a powerful effect, and herbs have a tiny effect. In some cases this is true. But anyone who does not believe herbs can have a powerful effect, take some Cascara sagrada, then come back and tell us that herbs don't have a powerful effect.

Aloe juice, or Aloe vera juice, sold in shops, normally does not contain the stimulant laxative chemicals. But the whole leaves from the plant do.


There are many other herbs beneficial for constipation, and they work in different ways.

Dandelion is another one.

Bile has a laxative action, so all herbs which stimulate the flow of bile, have a laxative action. The bitter herbs do this.
06-26-2012 11:19 PM
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(06-26-2012 11:19 PM)Joe Wrote:  
(06-26-2012 08:27 PM)James Wrote:  I also like the fact that slippery elm is not a stimulant laxative live senna, cascara sagrada, rhubarb root or the aloes since these can cause a laxative dependence after a few weeks of use.

Here is some more detail.

Senna, Cascara sagrada, Rhubarb root and Aloe, contain chemicals which stimulate peristalsis of the intestines. These are effective in very severe cases of constipation, and get things moving when nothing else will. They should only be used in very severe cases of constipation, and should only be used until normal bowel movements have been established. Then more gentle things, like Slippery elm, should be used.

The action of these herbs occurs several hours after they are taken. It has been suggested to take them before going to bed, so you will have a bowel movement in the morning.

These herbs can cause a fair amount of discomfort, or pain, when contractions occur in the intestines.

Stimulant laxatives are not recommended for most cases of constipation, but in very severe cases, when nothing else works, these will work.

Some people think drugs have a powerful effect, and herbs have a tiny effect. In some cases this is true. But anyone who does not believe herbs can have a powerful effect, take some Cascara sagrada, then come back and tell us that herbs don't have a powerful effect.

Aloe juice, or Aloe vera juice, sold in shops, normally does not contain the stimulant laxative chemicals. But the whole leaves from the plant do.


There are many other herbs beneficial for constipation, and they work in different ways.

Dandelion is another one.

Bile has a laxative action, so all herbs which stimulate the flow of bile, have a laxative action. The bitter herbs do this.

A note about aloe. Most of the liquid aloes sold in health food stores are not pure aloe juice. The allows something like up to 90% water to be added to the aloe and it can still be considered 100% aloe.

And aloe "gels" are gelled with algin from seaweed.

Therefore, if you buy a liquid aloe make sure that it is not the gel and make sure it clearly states that no water has been added.

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