The seeds of this herb have
been used for centuries to treat diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, and urinary
problems. Both diarrhoea and constipation may be treated, because the mucilage in the
seeds swells with the addition of water to give bulk as well as lubrication to the bowel.
Recently it has been
suggested that Psyllium may help prevent heart disease by clearing excess cholesterol from
How It May Benefit
Some people may be allergic
to the seeds.
You must drink 8 to 10
glasses of water throughout the day when taking Psyllium as a laxative, to prevent
blockage of the intestines.
Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced
herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
Avoid using this
herb if you are pregnant.
Psyllium is available
as whole seeds, ground or powdered seeds, and in various laxative preparations.