From the Latin plantago ovata, psyllium is also known by different names: Indian plantain, psyllium plantain. It is classified in the category of plantaginaceae plants. It comes in different forms and can be brown or blonde. The seeds of the plant are rich in mucilage. They can be red or blond depending on the region where the plant blooms.
These seeds are the most used part of the plant in herbal medicine. The mucilages they contain have the capacity to contain an excessive amount of water. They can absorb the sugar and fat contained in the intestinal walls. Of Indian origin, psyllium has also been widely used in egyptian medicine. This plant is also planted in Pakistan, Europe and South America.
The different uses of psyllium in herbal medicine
In the field of traditional medicine, psyllium is sought for digestive problems and constipation. It is a very powerful anti-inflammatory. In the intestines, the mucilage contained in the seed coat effectively drains excess water and cholesterol. Psyllium thus regulates the blood sugar level and helps people with diabetes regulate insulin secretion.
It helps relieve constipation and diarrhea. It also relieves irritable bowel pain. In the stomach, psyllium seeds form a gelling barrier. This gel slows down digestion and regulates glucose secretion, while acting as an appetite suppressant. Psyllium also has an effect on intestinal ailments: it reduces the pain caused by large intestine syndrome.
Uses and Dosages of Psyllium in Herbal Medicine
the psyllium acts within the next 24 hours after taking it. For children, take half measures and drink as much water or liquid as possible after each dose.
In powder to dilute
- For cases of constipation, take 10 g of psyllium seeds, to put in 10 cl of water. Not to exceed 4 doses per day, for at least four days. Take as much water as possible after each intake, at the rate of 20 cl.
- For cases of diarrhea, take a maximum of 40 g of psyllium seeds with the same volume of water. The previous instructions also apply.
- For colon problems, take 10 g of powder with 10 cl of water, 3 times a day.
- For appetite suppressants, take 10 g of powder with 20 cl of liquid at least twenty minutes before each meal.
For the skin problems and superficial burns, apply the gel to the skin. Leave for a quarter of an hour before rinsing thoroughly with clear water.
Contraindications and side effects
The psyllium-based preparation is not recommended for children under 6 years old and for pregnant women. It is also prohibited for people suffering from intestinal stenosis. It should not be taken with food supplements containing iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium.