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Scientific Name: Ulmus spp. (fulvus/rubra)

Constituents:

  • Mucilage
  • Polysaccharides (rhamnose & D-galactose), starch, cellulose & lignin
  • Flavonoids (Catechins, taxifolin, kaempferol & quercetin)
  • Nutrients (vitamins & minerals)
  • Coumarin (fraxin)
  • Starch, C
  • Tannin

Medicinal actions:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Demulcent
  • Diuretic (Soothing)
  • Expectorant (Soothing)
  • Laxative (Bulking/Osmotic)
  • Nutritive
  • Vulnerary (Emollient)

Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:

  • Mucilage & Polysaccharides are demulcent, expectorant, anti-microbial, and soothing and protective to mucous membranes (mouth, throat, digestive and by reflex action the urinary and respiratory tract). Will also stimulate phagocytosis and have anti-inflammatory and potential immunomodulating effects. As a form of soluble fiber has gentle bulking laxative effects and draws out toxins from the bowels.
  • Water-soluble polysaccharides are found in a linear chain of alternating D-galacturonic acid and L-rhamnose residues joined by alpha linkages with side branches of galactose or 3-O-methyl-galactose. Mucilage forms a gelatinous solution when mixed with water and will swell 50–140 times its original volume when mixed with water. This may provide a direct soothing effect and provide a protective barrier against gastric acid on the digestive mucosa.
  • Flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects through reduced expression of iNOS and COX-2 enzymes.

Pharmacy:

  • Cold Infusion
  • Tincture
  • Dried herb
  • Gargle, Poultice, Syrup and as food

Safety & Toxicity Concerns:

  • May cause some digestive upset (nausea, diarrhea)
  • Avoid in excessive mucus congestion of the bronchioles or bowels.
  • Contraindicated in intestinal obstruction. Mucilages taken in
  • Capsule or tablet form should be taken with plenty of water to reduce the risk of esophageal obstruction.

Interactions:

  • May theoretically interfere with the absorption of drugs & nutrients if taken simultaneously.

 

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