Psyllium, a natural bulk laxative, is commonly found in many over-the-counter laxatives available today. Psyllium contains mucilagins that are beneficial as both a laxative and an anti-diarrheal.
Psyllium is useful for restoring normal bowel functions and promoting healthy colon functions. The nutritional benefits of psyllium are great for cleansing the large intestines, expelling toxins from the body and aiding constipation and diarrhea.
Psyllium may be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Psyllium may also be used to treat hemorrhoids and yeast infections.
In addition, psyllium may be used to relive intestinal inflammation which can be caused by indigestion, as well as stomach and duodenal ulcers.
Take two capsules twice a day with meals.
Psyllium Seeds come from the psyllium plant, native to the Mediterranean region, Northern Africa and Pakistan. Psyllium is cultivated in those same areas, and its cultivation is being experimented with in the southwestern U.S. The word psyllium in Greek means “flea,” in reference to the shape, color and size of the seed. Both the seeds and their hulls can be used in herbology. The seeds are small and dull-colored, covered with a thin white hull, and contain 10-30% mucilage. When placed in water, their outer walls swell to form a layer of mucilage around the seed. The seed swells up to 14 times its normal size. This mucilage lubricates and cleanses the areas through which it passes. The seeds have been used in Europe for intestinal health since the 16th century, but didn’t catch on in the U.S. until the early 1900s. As an all-natural vegetable substance, psyllium’s purely mechanical action to promote health and provide bulk fiber in the diet is unsurpassed. Psyllium has no harmful chemical side effects, just pure food fiber.