Indian psyllium

Psyllium husks swell in the intestine, thereby thickening the intestinal contents and thus help against constipation. Information on effect and application


The seeds have a certain similarity to fleas, hence the name: psyllium. The corresponding plant is called Indian psyllium, but it is also referred to as Indian plantain. This name is reminiscent of a native herb: the ribwort plantain. And indeed, the two are related to each other.


Indian psyllium (Plantago ovata) is a low growing, annual plant that is very finely haired. The leaves look linear and form a rosette. The inconspicuous flowers are in short, dense ears. The seeds develop in round capsules and are oval shaped. Their color ranges from pale pink to reddish-yellow. The Indian plantain is one of the plantain plants (Plantaginaceae) and is native to India and Iran.


Psyllium husks act as a so-called swelling agent: If the mucus substances get into the intestine, they bind water there and swell up. This increases the volume of the intestinal contents, which stimulates digestion. Indian psyllium therefore helps against constipation. The fatty oil found in the seeds supports the laxative effect. It exerts a kind of lubricating effect in the intestine, whereby the intestinal contents are transported faster. Jellied seeds (ask at the pharmacy) or pure seed coat stimulate intestinal activity more intensively than the whole seed. Because these leave the gastrointestinal tract often in unchanged form, so without being crushed.


Important: drink a lot! Otherwise, the mucilages will not swell properly and the effect will be lost. Apply psyllium husks, then let them swell in a glass of water. Then drink the mixture and afterwards one or two glasses of water afterwards. Tip: This procedure is more pleasant if you take the seed coat in powdered form. Alternatively, you can also put on flaxseed, as they also have a mild laxative effect.


It may take two to three days for the effect to be felt.


Those who take psyllium husks daily for a long time can easily lower blood cholesterol levels. At least studies suggest that. Whole seeds are not recommended for permanent use, however, as they are very energetic. However, check with your doctor if psyllium is an option for you.


Psyllium may interfere with the intake of other medicines via the intestine. Therefore, do not take them directly with the psyllium husks. If you have an intestinal obstruction, are suffering from narrowing of the esophagus, stomach or intestines, or if there is acute gastrointestinal inflammation, you should not use this herbal laxative. Even if you are not allowed to drink excessively due to certain heart or kidney diseases, you should discuss with the doctor if you are allowed to use psyllium.

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