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Alternative Names

Blond Plantago, Balle de Psyllium, Blonde Psyllium, Che Qian Zi, Dietary Fiber, Englishman's Foot, Fibre Alimentaire, Ipágula, Indian Plantago, Isabgul, Isabgola, Ispaghula, Ispaghul, Ispagol, Plantaginis Ovatae Semen, Pale Psyllium, Psilio, Plantaginis Ovatae Testa, Psyllium, Psillium Blond, Psyllium Husk and Psyllium Blond, Spogel, Sand Plantain CAUTION: Please refer to separate listing for Plantain, Buckhorn Plantain, Water Plantain and Black Psyllium

Scientific Name

Plantago Ovata

Why Do People Use Psyllium?

The oral preparations of Plantago ovate (Blong Psyllium), like psyllium powder, are utilized for softening stools during pregnancy, constipation, post-anorectal surgery and for anal fissures. Other uses of psyllium powder are its efficacy for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, dysentery, diabetes disorder, ulcerative colitis, cancer, end-stage renal disease and for weight control. Topically, Plantago ovate is utilized for furunculosis as a poultice. In food items preparation, psyllium powder is utilized in frozen desserts as stabilizer or thickener.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly safe - Psyllium powder is likely safe as long as it is taken orally and the dosage remains appropriate. Possibly Unsafe in Lactation and Pregnancy - Avoid using its preparations in these conditions.

How Effective Is Psyllium?

Possibly Effective For - Plantago ovate is possibly effective for following conditions: • Constipation • Diabetes • Hyperlipidemia • Hypertension • Colorectal adenoma • Diarrhea • Hemorrhoids • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) • Orlistat side effects • Ulcerative colitis • Fat redistribution syndrome Possibly Ineffective For - However, psyllium powder is ineffective for following conditions: • Colorectal carcinoma • End stage renal disease

How Psyllium Works?

Most effective parts of Plantago ovate are its seed husk and seeds itself. The husk of psyllium and its seeds contain water-soluble fibers, which when eaten form a sticky gel in the digestive tract. Pure seed husk is very important constituent in many commercial preparations. The internal seed parts, plant embryo and endosperm could be the reason for number of allergic side effects to psyllium. Internal seed parts, which pollute commercially delivered psyllium seed husks, appear to be responsible for allergenicity rather than the husk itself. According to some experimental confirmations, the soluble fibers experience incomplete degradation in the colon due to bacteria, however the stool softening impact of psyllium is basically an after effect of intact material. When the husk obtained from psyllium seed is mixed with water, the mucilage thus formed stimulates peristalsis and induces laxative effects. In diarrhea patients, the mucilage expands the water-holding limit of stool and makes it hard, which postpones gastric emptying and enhances stool consistency. The polysaccharides in psyllium powder that structure into a gel in the digestive system likewise grease up stool substance and ease the passing out of stool. In patients with irritable bowel disorder (IBS), Plantago ovate is thought to normalize the function of bowel and decrease pain in the abdomen. psyllium powder is additionally believed to decrease ulcerative colitis due to its ability to decrease cytokine production.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Psyllium?

Plantago ovate can cause gastrointestinal side effects like abdominal pain, transient flatulence, constipation issues, diarrhea, nausea and dyspepsia, particularly when utilized orally. Beginning with low quantity dosage and then moving to desired dosage could usually lessen gastrointestinal side effects. In addition, patients having swallowing problems may suffer obstruction of the esophagus and stomach following oral consumption of psyllium husk. Such patients should be advised that they must take heavy quantity of water along pshyllium. It is suggested that with every 7 grams seeds or 3.5-5 grams of seed husk, an individual should take at least 240 mL of water. In some cases minor side effects have been reported like backache, headache, increased cough, and rhinitis and sinusitis issues. Allergic reactions due to Plantago ovate include sneezing, dyspnea, allergic rhinitis, urticarial rash, conjunctivitis, flushing issues and itching problems. Serious side effects include body and facial swelling, wheezing, throat and chest tightness, chest congestion problems, diarrhea, cough, anaphylactic shock, loss of consciousness and hypotension problems.

How Psyllium Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Iron absorption in body may experience reduction by using combination of iron containing supplements and psyllium powder. This is perhaps because iron forms a stable complex with psyllium.

How Psyllium Interacts With Drugs?

Antidiabetes Drugs - Interaction rating of antidiabetes drugs and psyllium is moderate so be careful of this mixture. In type 2 diabetes patients, Plantago ovate could decrease level of blood glucose and may cause additive effects on glucose level when utilized with antidiabetes drugs. To avoid abnormal changes in glucose level, adjustment of medication dosage is very important. Antidiabetes drugs include rosiglitazone (Avandia), glyburide (Micronase , Glynase PresTab, Diabeta), glimepiride (Amaryl), pioglitazone, insulin and others drugs. Lithium - Interaction rating of lithium and psyllium is moderate so be careful of this mixture. Only one case has been reported where serum lithium levels underwent reduction due to psyllium usage.

How Psyllium Interacts With Foods?

According to some clinical experiments, psyllium powder may reduce warfarin and other oral drugs absorption because of its fibrous content.

How Psyllium Interacts With Lab Tests?

Cholesterol - Level of LDL cholesterol and serum cholesterol may decrease following oral utilization of psyllium.

How Psyllium Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Diabetes In type 2 diabetes patients, psyllium could decrease level of blood glucose by impairing carbohydrate absorption from gut. So, in such case blood glucose level should be monitored closely. Moreover, some adjustments might be required for conventional antidiabetes medications dosages.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Psyllium?

ORAL Psyllium dosage for constipation must be 7-40 grams every day in 2 to 4 equally divided doses. To cure diarrhea, psyllium should be utilized in 7-18 grams in 2 to 3 equally divided doses.


There are some foods that contain psyllium. These food items may be helpful in reducing coronary heart disease (CHD) risks. There is no doubt that psyllium in beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels but there is no such proofs that it may also lessen or remove cardiac diseases risks.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Psyllium Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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