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Biological Name: Plantago ovata, Plantago ispagulaPsyllium

Other Names: Snigdhajira, Plantago, Ispaghula, Psyllium, Spogel Seeds, Isapghul, Ishabgol

Additional Info: The plant is indigenous to Iran and India.

Elements Applied: Seeds are commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Active Components: Psyllium is rich in active components, among which are mucilage and fiber. Mucilage content is psyllium seeds is 10-30 percent on average. Plant’s active components are responsible for its laxative properties, which are expressed in husk swelling when contacting with water. Due to thus reason the faeces have enough liquid in them and are easy to evacuate. Additionally, the herb stimulates peristalsis, thus producing a double effect on the intestinal tract.

History: Though Psyllium was conventionally prescribed for constipation, it was also a valuable topical remedy for skin conditions, like insect stings and poison ivy reaction. Indian and Chinese conventional herbalists applied it for curing high blood pressure, bladder problems, hemorrhoids, and diarrhea.

Used For: The herb is known to relieve pains, induce urination, and treat constipation.

The range of conditions in which the herb is applied includes: obesity and weight loss, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, high triglyceride levels, high cholesterol levels, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, diabetes, constipation, and atherosclerosis.

Preparation and Intake: Dilute 1-2 tablespoons of herb extract in warm water, mix it up until a gel-like substance forms.

The majority of cases can be aided by 7.5 grams of seeds or 5 g of husks, once or twice a day, supplied by juice or water. Excess water intake is highly necessary when using psyllium for medical purposes.

Safety: Psyllium is considered generally safe when applied at a recommended dose. Individuals suffering from recurrent constipation should first consult their health-care provider. Adverse effects, like respiratory reactions to psyllium powder and allergic rashes, have been linked with individuals working in psyllium production places.

There is no further data concerning the herb’s safety level. Exercise care. Ayurvedic plants are commonly used in conjunction with other remedies to reduce the toxic effect one of them may produce on the body. Take the plant only under medical control.