Plantago ovata


bulk forming fiber, laxative

Primary Uses

Diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, the gastrointestinal tract, inflammation, as a mild laxative, and more. Psyllium is being studied for cholesterol lowering effects

Psyllium, is cultivated in various parts of the world. The seeds, plant, and husks can be used for medicinal purposes. It contains mucilages, fatty oil, iridoids, and proteic substances. Psyllium is a traditional part of folk and Indian medicine.

The fiber absorbs liquid in the intestines and swells and forms a bulky stool, which is easy to pass. The active ingredients are the seed husks of the psyllium plant.

Safety Issues

Before taking Psyllium, you should tell your doctor if you have a history of stomach/intestinal blockage; difficulty swallowing; appendicitis or symptoms of appendicitis; a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts longer than two weeks; or bleeding from the rectum.


You should tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you are taking.

Laxatives, like Psyllium, may affect how other drugs work. You should take Psyllium at least two hours before or two hours after taking other medication.

To prevent constipation, you should drink plenty of fluids, exercise regularly, and consume naturally-occurring fibers found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.