PSYLLIUM HUSK, Plantago psyllium


Latin name:   Plantago psyllium

English name: Psyllium husk

Sanskrit name: Sat isagbol

Indian name: Ishagpola

Medicinal parts used: Psyllium seed husk

Psyllium seed husks are portions of the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata, (genus Plantago), a native of India and Pakistan. They are soluble in water, expanding and becoming mucilaginous when wet. It is a sweet, astringent, cooling herb that soothes irritation and absorbs digestive toxins.

Psyllium seed husks are indigestible in human beings and are often used as a source of dietary fiber. The husks are used whole in their natural state, or dried and chopped or powdered for easier consumption. In either of these forms, one takes them by mixing them with water or another fluid. Sometimes they are combined with clay as a detoxification drink. They are also available in capsules.

Therapeutic use:

  • Psyllium is used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and diarrhea.
  • Psyllium is also used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit.
  • The inert bulk of the husks help provide a constant volume of solid material irrespective of other aspects of the diet or any disease condition of the gut.
  • Studies have shown that psyllium is effective in lowering total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein or LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels.
  • Used as a poultice, it can help to “draw out toxins” and generally help to reduce skin irritation, boils, abscesses, as well as inflamed eyelids.

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