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The chief constituent of slippery elm bark is mucilage. It also contains tannin, polysaccharides including pentoses, methyl-pentoses and hexoses, anti-oxidants including beta-sitosterol, beta-carotene and flavonoids including proanthocyanidins. Slippery elm bark also contains amino acids, bromine, calcium, iodine, starch, sugar, traces of manganese and zinc. Mucilage is responsible for the demulcent, emollient, and antitussive properties.
Historical or traditional use:
Slippery elm has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for centuries. It has been considered helpful for various conditions: