Psyllium Scientific Name
Psyllium Other Names
English: Spogel seeds, Psyllium, Isphagul, Psyllium husk
Hindi: Isabgol, Ashwagol, Bhusi
Sanskrit: Ashwakarna, Ishadgol, Sheetabeeja, Ashwagol
What is Psyllium?
Psyllium, aka psyllium husk is obtained from the seeds of the Plantago ovata plant. It is mainly used for it’s husk which turns oily and gluey when soaked in water and has a sweet, astringent taste which creates cooling effect on the body. It is a powerful herb, that promotes digestive health and works as a natural laxative.
Common forms of Psyllium
Psyllium is commonly used for:
- Gentle Laxative action
- Anti-diarrheal properties
- Food Allergies
- Reducing Bad Cholesterol
- Regulating blood glucose
- Rectal Bleeding (hematochezia)
- Weight loss or Fat loss
Teens (13-18 years): 1-2 tablespoon.
Children (8-12 years): 1/2-1 tablespoon.
Psyllium Side-effects and Warnings
Not so common side-effects: Choke in the throat if you have not mixed it properly with water or any adjuvant or have difficulty in swallowing.
Pregnant women: Not Known.
Children: Not Known. However smaller doses are recommended.
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