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Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) And Its Side Effects

Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Health Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Uses of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Side-Effects & Allergies of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Cultivation of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) And Its Side Effects

The primary benefit of Shankhpushpi is that it is a brain tonic and improves memory and intellect. Besides that it can be used to treat epilepsy and headache. It also controls vomiting and helps to cure diabetes.

Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Psyllium husk commonly known as isabgol is a common household product. It grows on a small herbaceous plant called planovate whose seeds are arranged in the same way as that of wheat. Its leaves resemble aloe vera are narrow and long. Its husks are a very important component of Ayurveda.

Health Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Nutritional facts Per 1-tablespoon

20 Calories
10 mg Sodium
0.2 Protein

Uses of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Uses of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Psyllium is used mainly for medicinal purposes. Apart from this there are a few other uses as well. They are as a thickening agent in manufacturing ice creams and other frozen desserts. It is also used for calico printing, setting lotions and in the food industry. Transplanting in woody plants uses technical-grade psyllium as a hydro-colloidal to improve water retention.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Side Effects and allergies are extremely rare with isabgol. But those who suffer from swallowing difficulty and intestinal blockages should avoid having this as it may aggravate the problem. Rhinitis and anaphylaxis are the common side effects of isabgol but they happen rarely.

Cultivation of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

Psyllium is a native to India and is now also grown in parts of west Asia, USA, Mexico and Russia. This plant is a rabi crop and requires a cool, dry and sunny weather to grow. Isabgol needs a sandy or loamy soil that is well drained and does not let water to stagnate. It takes 5 to 6 months for the plants to be ready for harvesting. India is the largest producer of Psyllium.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hello Dr. Last 1.5 month my appendicitis open surgery had completed, for some days I am suffering from constipation. Can I take dabur sat isbagol (psyllium husk powder) or not? Please reply. Thanks!

You can take dabur sat isbagol (psyllium husk powder and make lifestyle changes like eating high fiber diets, drugs nd drink a lof water 9 3-4 liters per day)
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Hi Sir, I have been taking psyllium husk (2 full spoons) every night after dinner since a week. My stools have become light coloured and feel like rubber. I also had a little mucus with my stool too. Is isabghola is causing it?

No, It's amoebic dysentery. 1.take home cooked, fresh light food. 2. Drink boiled water. 3. Take ors.4. Avoid fast foods, spicy and fried foods 5. Curd is good for you. For details you can consult me.

My stool looks darker and looks like it is made of a rubber like jelly substance after taking psyllium husk powder (isabghula ). Is it normal or not?

No, It's dysentery. 1.take home-cooked, fresh light food. 2. Drink boiled water. 3. Take ors.4. Avoid fast foods, spicy and fried foods 5. Curd is good for you. For details you can consult me.

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