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Psyllium, Plantago psyllium
Parts used: Seeds and husk.
Constituents: Mucilage (up to 30%), Monoterpene alkaloids, Triterpenes and fixed oils rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids i.e. linoleic, oleic acid.
Actions: Bulk Laxative, Demulcent, Astringent, Anti-cholesterol.
GI tract, Crohn`s, constipation, diarrhoea, dysentery, anal fissures*, haemorrhoids*, IBS, diverticulosis, colitis, heartburn, constipation in pregnancy*. To evacuate toxins.
Gonorrhea, gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, cystitis, a demulcent for coughs and colds (especially for children).
Will reduce side effects of cholesterol lowering drugs.
Hypercholesterolemia. Lowers LDL, for weight loss and obesity.
*Stools become softer and easier to pass.
Energetics: Astringent, sweet, cooling.
Contraindications: Stenoses of the GI tract or ileus, diabetes mellitus where insulin adjustment is a problem. Not in first 6 months if history of miscarriage.
Seeds soak add to cereal (start with 1 teaspoon a day).
Seeds can be applied externally as a poultice (furunculosis).