Psyllium (Isabgol)


Psyllium Scientific Name

Plantago ovata

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.

Psyllium husk can be incorporated in the daily diet. The dietary fiber content in it both soluble and insoluble, makes this husk an excellent beneficial nutrient. It’s most common therapeutic use is in treating constipation

Common forms of Psyllium

Powder, Seeds, Capsules

Psyllium is commonly used for:

Psyllium Dosage

Adults: 2-3 tablespoon.
Teens (13-18 years): 1-2 tablespoon.
Children (8-12 years): 1/2-1 tablespoon.

Psyllium Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: People may see some cramping, gas, or bloating in the stomach as it forms bulk by absorbing water.
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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