Psyllium is a low-growing herb native to India, Iran, and Pakistan. It is in the same family as the common Plantain and seed is best used and absorbed without the husk.
Studies and clinical reports suggest that psyllium may enhance the sensation of fullness and reduce hunger cravings. For these reasons, incorporating psyllium and other sources of fiber into the diet may aid weight loss.
Psyllium has also been used for irritable bowel syndrome. Because it will produce easy bowel movements with a loose stool, Psyllium is used by patients with anal fissures and hemorrhoids and is often recommended following anal or rectal surgery, during pregnancy and as a secondary treatment in certain types of diarrhea.
Mix 2 teaspoons psyllium with at least 8 ounces (a full glass) of water or other fluid. Taking this product without enough liquid may cause choking.
Do not use Psyllium if you have a bowel obstruction or a disease that causes narrowing of any part of the digestive tract.
Diabetics should avoid Psyllium.
Take with plenty of water.
Do not take this herb if you have difficulty in swallowing.