Isabgol or psyllium husk is a commonly used Indian home remedy. Isabgole is known as a good remedy for constipation. Besides, it is also effective in reducing cholesterol and regulating bowel movement. Isabgol is a part of the seeds of plant plantago ovate. The Seed known as husk is natural fiber that is soluble in water with reducing gel that becomes mucilaginous when they are wet. It is light brown or white depending on its purity. Seeds are used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and several other industries. It is used in traditional herbal systems of India as well as China for plenty of treatments such as bladder problems, coronary heart disease, diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, hypertension and urinary disorder. It also helps treat skin irritation, reactions to poison ivy and insect bites bits.
Isabgole in Ayurveda:-
Isabgol is one of the traditional medicines that are used in Ayurveda for the treatment of problems associated with constipation. In Ayurveda, psyllium is known to have pungent, astringent and cooling properties. It balances the three humors Vata, Pitta and Kapha and it reduces inflammation of the digestive tract and alleviates constipation and hemorrhoids. Isabgol is full of fiber so it may initially cause gas.
The health benefits are not just limited to digestive health but it has the numerous benefits. Below are some of them that will compel you to include this husk in your diet.
- It helps to lose weight
- It Keep heart healthy
- It helps to reduce acidity
- It helps to ease piles
- It helps in diarrhea
- It relieves constipation quickly
- It Lowers Blood Sugar
- It helps in anal fissures
- It helps to control blood sugar
- It helps in Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Note: Although there are plenty of benefits of isabgol there are few disadvantages as well. Excessive consumption can hamper digestive power as it is in itself very hard to digest. It is also not absorbed by the small intestine due to its very high fiber content present into it. The patients of arthritis or other joint pains may feel pain due to its cool potency and therefore use isabgol with precaution and consult the health expert before using it.