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Isaphgul (Psyllium husk)

psyllium husk

Psyllium husk

psyllium husk

isabgol seed

Isabgol, also known as Psyllium Husk, is a natural vegetable product, which is retrieved from Isabgol seeds by milling process. Isabgol is the wonderful ayurvedic Herb for bowel regulation which are useful as demulcent bulk laxative for constipation. Common name Psyllium husk (English), Isaphgul (Hindi), Isabgol (H), Blond psyllium (E) Sanskrit Asvakarnabıja Latin Plantago ovata–Semen (Plantaginaceae family)


  • Rasa (taste) Sweet
  • Vırya (energy) Cool
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Sweet
  • Guna (quality) Unctuous, heavy, slimey
  • Dosa effect VP−, K+
  • Dhatu (tissue) Plasma, muscle
  • Srotas (channel) Digestive, excretory, respiratory


  • FructoseGlucoseMucilage containing arabinoseGalactoseGalacturonic acidRhamnoseXyloseAscorbic acidLinoleic acidLignocericPalmiticTanninsAmino acids


HypocholesterolaemicNematicidalCholinergicAntiinflammatoryAnticancerHypoglycaemicHypotensiveCardiac depressantCervical dilatorAntidiarrhoeal



Isabgol is very useful for digestive system. It is an bulk laxative for chronic constipation and relieve diarrohoea when taken with buttermilk. Isabgol seeds are used for diarrhoea and dysentry which shows very effective against species of Entamoeba. Isabgol also helps todrags toxins and worms out of the alimentary canal.

Lungs  Isabgol is excellent soothing demulcnt for dry cough as expectorant.

Urinary The mucus production by reflex action helps between the intestinal tract and lungs into thee urinary system helps to prevent painful urination.

Blood fats and sugars  Isabgol helps in dissolving the unused fat with its soluble fibre content like LDL Cholesterol. Also helps to reduce blood sugar level in type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Piles, Cardiovascular Diseases, Hernia and Pregnancy

Isabgol is also used in piles, fissures and fistulas to bring down the burning sensation after defecation. It also helps to prevent strain during defecation in those who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases, hernia and pregnancy.


* Triphala-, rhubarb for constipation.

* Triphala-, kutki for diarrhoea.

* Licorice for dry coughs.

* Punarnava, gokshura for urinary pain.


5–10g per day taken with plenty of liquid to prevent intestinal obstruction.

Parts Used: Husk, Seed.

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda

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