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Elm Bark Slippery
Slippery Elm is a valuable tree that has many traditional uses. The inner bark can be ground into a nutrient-rich gruel, off which one can solely survive for a short period.[citation needed] The bark also contains a mucilage that is used as a remedy for sore throats.[citation needed] Sometimes it is dried and ground into a powder beforehand, then made into a tea. Both Slippery Elm gruel and tea are said to[who?] soothe the digestive tract, especially the GI tracts of those with irritable bowel syndrome or gastritis.[citation needed] There are no known contraindications for Slippery Elm.[citation needed] It is also not technically a drug because it comprises mainly mucilage and various nutrients. [4][dead link][citation needed] According to Herbs and Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Guide, "Although Slippery Elm has not been scientifically investigated, the FDA has approved it as a safe demulcent substance."[5] The bark has also been used historically as an abortifacient, first moistened with water and then inserted into the cervix. This practice became thoroughly regulated by "elm stick laws" in several US states, which forbade selling pieces of slippery elm bark longer than a certain length. Selling whole Slippery Elm bark is banned in several countries including the UK because of its ability to induce an abortion