Potter's Herbal Slippery Elm Tablets - Herbal Remedy for Digestive System Issues

Slippery Elm has been used traditionally as a herbal remedy to relieve symptoms of many digestive issues. Although the product that I am talking about today - Potter's Herbal Slippery Elm tablets are available without a prescription, please do read the information leaflet/data printed on the box before consuming them.


First let me tell you why I decided to try this product. Around 4 months back I developed GERD(Gastroesophageal reflux disease) which was caused by the stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the oesophagus. I was put on a 2 month course of proton pump inhibitors(PPI) which reduced gastric acid production. Once the situation was under control, I was eased out of the medicines and finally stopped taking them. Thereafter, I made some lifestyle changes in terms of diet etc. I also started to look out for alternative medicines for controlling heartburn and indigestion both of which were very common during my GERD phase. I did not want to go back to PPIs as long term usage would do me more harm than good, I felt.


So, while searching for alternative medicines, I came across Slippery Elm, a species of elm native to eastern North America. It has been used in different types of traditional medicines as a demulcent. What is a demulcent, you may ask? According to Wikipedia a demulcent "is an agent that forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane." Slippery Elm is said to soothe the digestive tract.

Around the time I was doing my research, I happened to get talking with a lovely lady from Potter's Herbal. It was pure coincidence that she got in touch at a time when I was actively looking for herbal alternatives to conventional medicines and Potter's Herbal had a product Slippery Elm Tablets that combined four natural active ingredients to provide relief to the symptoms of common digestive complaints. I checked their website and noticed that this particular product has been used traditionally to relieve symptoms of heartburn too. I decided to give it a go.

The key ingredients in the tablets are:
- Slippery Elm Bark
- Cinnamon
- Clove Oil
- Peppermint Oil

The product also contains Calcium Hydrogen Phospate, Maltodextrin, Hydroxy Propyl Cellulose, Magnesium Sterate and Colloidal Anhydrous Silica.


I have been taking this after my main meals on most days and it helps to keep the digestive system working properly. In the last couple of months, I have had only a few instances of mild heartburn. You can take 1-2 tablets after every meal depending on your health conditions. The box says that the tablets need to be chewed. Here comes the tricky part. The tablets are sort of bland and it is not pleasant chewing them. It doesn't taste bad because it does have clove, cinnamon and peppermint in it, but swallowing it is a bit difficult as is. So, I always chew it a bit and then gulp it down with a glass of water. And I am happy doing it, because it is helping with my digestive problems. I hope this post proves to be useful to others who are suffering from digestive complaints. I would any day prefer a herbal remedy for any health condition.

As with any medicine, please make sure you read the literature provided with it before you start consuming the tablets. You can purchase Potter's Herbals from Sainsbury's, Holland & Barrett, Boots, Tesco, Waitrose and the NutriCentre.

Note: Whatever I have mentioned in the post is the way my body has reacted to the tablets. It may not be the same for everyone. So, remember to always read the label on the box before consuming the tablets. The leaflet clearly mentions that you should not use these tablets if you are pregnant or breast feeding and also if you are under 18 years of age.

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