Psyllium - Plantago spp.

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This Psyllium (Plantago spp.) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Psyllium - Plantago arenaria/ovata/asiatica in the Plantaginaceae or Plantain family

Part used: Seed.

Taste/smell: Mucilaginous, bland, no noticeable smell.

Tendencies: Moistening with ingestion of water, drying without ingestion of water.

Dosage: Soak 1- 2 teaspoons of seeds in a cup of water, drink, followed by a second cup of water.

Use: (a) Demulcent, (b) Bulking agent, (c) Soothes gastrointestinal mucosa.

Psyllium is used for both constipation and diarrhea although more often for constipation. If constipated, drink 2 glasses of water after taking the herb.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in bowel obstruction, abnormal intestinal narrowing and esophageal stenosis. It is of utmost importance to drink adequate liquid with the seeds. Oral drugs or herbs taken at the same time as psyllium seeds may have delayed absorption due to its mucilage content.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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