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Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) And Its Side Effects

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Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) And Its Side Effects

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Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Health Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Aids Digestion
Reduce Blood Sugar
Helps Weight Loss
Reduces Blood Pressure
Anti-inflammatory
Detoxifying the Body
Anti-cancer
Uses of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Cultivation of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

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)

Aids Digestion

Psyllium majorly regulates the functioning and efficiency of the digestive system. The hygroscopic nature of the husks helps soak excess water from the bowel and this is particularly useful to stop loose stools. Isabgol stimulates peristaltic motion and eases the condition of constipation. Straining due to constipation leads to haemorrhoids and gastric ulcers which can be avoided by taking these husks.

Reduce Blood Sugar

Psyllium regulates the level of insulin secreted in the blood. This helps to maintain a uniform level of blood sugar. Consuming isabgol helps keep the crests and troughs of a diabetic graph remain smoother and prevent sudden surges or falls in it. This helps prevention of diabetes and its added complications.

Helps Weight Loss

The dietary fibre content of Isabgol is extremely beneficial for weight loss. This happens as dietary fibre induces a feeling of fullness and a sense of satisfaction in the food consumed. Isabgol helps to prevent urges to snack in between meals and boosts energy.

Reduces Blood Pressure

Psyllium reduces the tension on the blood vessels and helps reduce blood pressure. Though it does not work as a vasodilator it still helps to ease the blood vessels. A high level of blood pressure can cause serious cardiovascular ailments such as stroke and heart attacks which might even be fatal.

Anti-inflammatory

The mucilage present in psyllium helps reducing the stress on the gut and the colon. This helps in reducing inflammations of the same too.

Detoxifying the Body

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Isabgol has an extremely good form of dietary fibre. This helps the body to detoxify and cleanse the entire gastrointestinal system. Having a clean gut promotes good health and a lot of health problems can be averted.

Anti-cancer

Chirata due to the presence of powerful antioxidants prevents the precancerous lesions from progressing and puts a check on cancer. It is most effective in case of liver cancer. This is one of the most important properties of this plant as the search of remedies for cancer has been a matter of great priority among doctors and scientists.

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.

Uses of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)

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.

Popular Questions & Answers

My ass hole has shrunk since 3 days. It almost luks like there is no hole. Am worried. N when I go washroom it hurts allot. please help me. What should I do. Someone told told me it might be because of gastric or because of my diet. I do not eat much, I eat one tym only. N I do not feel hungry..

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Bijapur
Take jeerakarista 20 ml with 20 ml of water b4 meals twice in a day. Avipattikar churna 1tsp with 20 ml warm water thrice a day. Drink warm water often.
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I have a problem in bowel movement. Stools are hard and dry. Comes out in pieces. Difficult to eliminate. Feel uncomfortable full despite not eating for hours. Feel bloated and gassy. Feel like going again but can't. While elimination unpleasant sound bombards. Quite embarrassing. This constipation problem is since one month after I shifted to Aurangabad.

B.A.M.S, MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Ajmer
Hello Lybrate user your digestion is totally disturbed. To improve your digestion take light and easily digestible food like daliya khichdi salad soups etc. Avoid fatty and spicy foods, sweets, maida besan etc. Don't skip any meal. Take plenty of water. Take isabgol husk at night. Start yoga, exercise ,and morning walk.
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As I am suffering with severe constipation problem, I am adopting a home remedy and taking 2 table spoons castor oil mixed with water. By regular taking castor oil will I suffer from any side effects in future. I am getting some relief by taking castor oil. Please advise. Thanks.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Please don't take castor oil on regular basis. It is a purgative and as a result, you get 3-4 purges everyday which is very watery and thus lead to dehydration, if not taken care of properly. Due to increased purges, the intestinal mucosa get disturbed and leads to griping pain. Instead of castor oil, you can try 1-2tsf of Isabgol husk mixed with half glass of hot water at bedtime.
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I am only 47 years old I am facing sort of constipation. please doctor you are the livesaver and please solve my constraint and advise me.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
General Physician, Secunderabad
Drink 1 to 2 lites of water early morning every day T) dulcolax. 2 tab at a time in night if needed. Isabgol power in night do exercise, walking etc.
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Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - ईसबगोल के फायदे और नुकसान

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Psyllium Husk (Isabgol) Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - ईसबगोल के फायदे और नुकसान

लगभग तीन फुट ऊँचाई वाला पौधा इसबगोल का उपयोग आज की तारीख में लागातार बढ़ता जा रहा है. इसका मुख्य कारण है आज ज्यादातर लोगों को हाजमे की शिकायत है. और पाचन तंत्र की समस्याओं का इससे बेहतर समाधान किया जा सकता है. यदि हम इसबगोल में पाए जाने वाले तत्वों की बात करें तो इसबगोल के बीजों के उपर सफेद भूसी पायी जाती है. इस भूसी में ही प्रचुर मात्रा में म्युसिलेज पाया जाता है. इसके अतिरिक्त इसमें जाईलोज, एरेविनोज रैमन्नोज और गैलेक्टोज आदि भी पाए जाते हैं. वैसे तो इसका कोई साइड इफेक्ट नहीं होता है लेकिन फिर भी इस्तेमाल में सावधानी न बरतने से इसबगोल के कुछ नुकसान हो सकते हैं.

ईसबगोल के सेवन से लाभ
1. जिन लोगों को जोड़ों के दर्द, कब्ज व पाचनतंत्र आदि की शिकायत है उनलोगों को अपनी परेशानियों से निजात पाने के लिए रात के खाने के बाद एक गिलास गर्म दूध के साथ एक चम्मच ईसबगोल की भूसी मिलाकर लेने से निश्चित रूप से लाभ होगा. 
2. यदि आपको दस्त के दौरान रक्तस्राव हो रहा है या लंबे समय से कब्ज से ग्रसित हैं तो ऐसे में आप आधा कप पानी के साथ इसबगोल की भूसी लेने से आराम मिलेगा.
3. आँतों में होने वाली रुकावट और संक्रमण के शिकार लोगों को 20 मिलिलीटर की मात्रा में एक गिलास पानी में मिला लें और इसका एक चम्मच ईसबगोल के बीज साथ में सेवन करें. ऐसा करने से आपको अपनी समस्या से छुटकारा मिलेगा.
4. तमाम लाभकारी गुणों से युक्त इसबगोल इसके अलावा आपको शरीर में पानी की कमी, मोटापा व डायबिटीज आदि में भी आपको भरपूर फायदा देता है. इन रोगों में इसबगोल के इस्तेमाल से आप छुटकारा पा सकते हैं. 
5. मोटापे की समस्या से ग्रसित लोग भी इसबगोल के उपयोग से वजन घटा सकते हैं. इसके लिए आपको दिन में 3 बार खाने से आधा घंटा पहले लेना इसबगोल का सेवन करना चाहिए.
6. यदि आप दमा से पीड़ित हैं तो इसमें भी इसबगोल आपको फायदा पहुंचता है. इसके लिए बस आपको सुबह-शाम दो-दो चम्मच ईसबगोल की भूसी गर्म पानी के साथ लेते रहना होगा. ऐसा करने से आपकी यह शिकायत दूर हो जाएगी.

इसबगोल के नुकसान भी हैं
1. इसबगोल का नुकसान इसकी अधिक मात्रा है. इसबगोल का अधिक मात्रा में सेवन आपको भूख न लगने का कारण बन सकता है. इसलिए इसकी अधिक मात्रा में सेवन करने से बचें.
2. कैप्स्यूल या बारीक पिसा हुआ पाउडर के रूप में इसबगोल का सेवन आपको परेशानी में डाल सकता है. इसलिए इसबगोल के इन रूपों के इस्तेमाल से जितना हो सके बचने का प्रयास करें.
3. इसबगोल का उपयोग कम पानी या अन्य तरल पदार्थों के साथ सेवन छाती में दर्द, सांस लेने में परेशानी, उल्टी या फिर कुछ निगलने में समस्या आदि परेशानियों में हमें फंसा कर उलझा सकता है.
4. इसबगोल 2 साल या इससे कम उम्र के बच्चे को तो बिलकुल ही न दें. इससे ज्यादा उम्र वाले बच्चों को बहुत कम मात्रा में दे सकते हैं. बच्चों को जब भी इसबगोल देना हो तो इसमें या तो किसी विशेषज्ञ से सलाह लें या फिर बहुत कम मात्रा में इस्तेमाल करें. हलांकि डॉक्टर से सलाह लेना ज्यादा उचित रहेगा.
5. हलांकि इसबगोल से एलर्जी की समस्या नहीं के बराबर होती है. लेकिन फिर भी किसी-किसी को खुजली, चहरे पर सुजन या त्वचा पर चकते आदि लक्षण दिखाई पड़ सकते हैं. यदि आपको साइलियम से एलर्जी है तो इसबगोल का सेवन भूलकर भी न करें.
6. इसबगोल का नुकसान गर्भवती महिलाओं को तो और ज्यादा होता है. इसलिए गर्भावस्था के दौरान इसबगोल से उन्हें दूर ही रखना चाहिए. गर्भवती महिलाएं ऐसा करके इसके दुष्प्रभाव से बच सकती हैं.

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Treating Piles With Ayurveda!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Tiruvallur
Treating Piles With Ayurveda!

Piles or haemorrhoids are one of the most common health issues associated with ageing. It can be described as the swelling of veins in the rectum, just above the anus. When irritated by stool movements, piles can be extremely painful. Thankfully there are a number of effective home remedies that can be used to manage and treat this problem. Here are the top 5 ways to treat piles naturally.

  1. Psyllium husk: Constipation of passing hard stools can aggravate piles and the pain associated with it. One of the most common causes of hard stools is a lack of fibre in the diet. Psyllium husk is rich in fibre and makes stools softer. Ideally, if you suffer from piles, try consuming one tablespoon of psyllium husk with a glass of water every night before going to bed.
  2. Sitz bath: Heat therapy can be very efficient in relieving pain associated with piles. Heat increases circulation and helps the damaged veins heal faster and also stimulates thermo receptors that block the body’s pain transmitters from signalling the brain. Fill a bucket or bath with warm water and soak the inflamed area in it for 15-20 minutes. This warm water wil also help relieve itchiness help the blood vessels relax.
  3. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that aid in the healing of haemorrhoids. Applying the gel extracted from aloe vera leaves on the inflamed veins can help soothe and hydrate external haemorrhoids. For internal haemorrhoids discard the thorns and freeze strips of aloe vera leaves before applying over the anus in the form of a cold compress.
  4. Essential oils: Essential oils such as tea tree oil have the ability to reduce inflammation and can be very beneficial in curing haemorrhoids naturally. Dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil such as castor oil or almond oil and apply directly over the inflamed area. Do not use the oils without dilution as they can be very strong. Other essential oils that can be used to treat piles are lavender oil and rosemary oil.
  5. Olive oil: Consumption of olive oil makes the blood vessels more elastic and thus reduces the discomfort of passing hard stools. In this way, olive oil can even prevent the formation of piles to an extent. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce discomfort and soothe the inflamed veins. The monosaturated fatty acids in olive oil can also help regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.
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Know If Fibre Has Any Health Benefits!

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Delhi
Know If Fibre Has Any Health Benefits!

Many of us associate fiber with digestive health and bodily functions

We’d rather not think about.

However, eating foods high in dietary fiber can do so much more than keep you regular.

It can lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, improve the health of your skin, and help you lose weight. It may even help prevent colon cancer.

Unfortunately, most of us aren’t eating nearly enough in our diets. By using these tips to add more fiber to your diet, you can help prevent serious disease and look and feel your best.

The health benefits of fiber

Yes, fiber offers a healthy and effective way to stay regular. But that’s not the only reason why we should be including more in our diets. Many different studies have highlighted how eating a diet high in fiber can boost your immune system and overall health, and help you look and feel your best.

 

Some of the benefits include:

Digestive health : Let’s get this one out of the way first. Dietary fiber normalizes bowel movements by bulking up stools and making them easier to pass. This can help relieve and prevent both constipation and diarrhea.

Eating plenty of fiber can also reduce your risk for diverticulitis (inflammation of the intestine), hemorrhoids, gallstones, kidney stones, and provide some relief for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Some studies have also indicated that a high-fiber diet may help to lower gastric acid and reduce your risk for gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) and ulcers.

Heart disease : Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, is an important element of any heart-healthy diet. Eating a diet high in fiber can improve cholesterol levels by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. A high fiber intake can also reduce your risk for metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors linked to coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Fiber can help to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, and shed excess weight around the abdomen.

Diabetes : A diet high in fiber—particularly insoluble fiber from cereals—can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. If you already have diabetes, eating soluble fiber can slow the absorption of sugar and improve your blood sugar levels.

Cancer : There is some research that suggests eating a high-fiber diet can help prevent colorectal cancer, although the evidence is not yet conclusive. Diets rich in high-fiber foods are also linked to a lower risk for other common digestive system cancers, including stomach, mouth, and pharynx.

Skin health : When yeast and fungus are excreted through the skin, they can trigger outbreaks or acne. Eating fiber, especially psyllium husk (a type of plant seed), can flush toxins out of your body, improving the health and appearance of your skin.

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15 Do's And Don'ts About Diet For High Uric Acid Levels!

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
15 Do's And Don'ts About Diet For High Uric Acid Levels!

High uric acid: 15 dos and don'ts about diet for high uric acid levels

High uric acid levels in the blood stream can lead to a common form of arthritis called gout.

To prevent gout, it is essential to maintain good eating habits and have proper medication. To reduce the uric acid levels in blood, you may need to limit intake of alcohol, sugary foods and reduce purine rich foods like meat, poultry, seafood and pulses. Vegetables such as cauliflower, asparagus, spinach, peas and mushroom also contain a lot of purines. Digestion of purine leads to the formation of uric acid. If uric acid is not eliminated normally which is seen in gout sufferers, it can build up in the blood stream leading to joint inflammation and pain.

1. Water
Water flushes out toxins including excess uric acid from the body. Have at least 10- 12 glasses of water daily. 

2. Cherries
Cherries have anti - inflammatory substances named anthocyanis that help reduce uric acid levels. It prevents the uric acid from crystallizing and being deposited in the joints. Cherries also neutralize the acids and help prevent inflammation and pain. 200 gms per day is very effective in bringing down uric acid.

3. Berries
Berries especially strawberries, and blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties so include them in your diet.

4. Apple
Malic acid in apple neutralizes uric acid and thus provides relief to the sufferers. You should consume one apple daily after a meal.

5. Lime
The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of the uric acid. The juice of half a lime squeezed into a glass of water should be taken twice daily.

6. French bean juice
Another effective home remedy for gout is french beans juice. The healthy juice can be consumed twice everyday for treating gout or high uric acid.

7. Celery seed
This is a popular home remedy to lower uric acid levels in the body. Have celery seeds extract to get best results.

8. Apple cider vinegar
Drink apple cider vinegar. Add 3 teaspoons of vinegar to 8 ounces of water and have it 2-3 times every day to treat uric acid.

9. Pinto beans
A diet rich in folic acid can help lower uric acid naturally. Folic acid rich foods like pinto beans, sunflower seeds and lentils should be included in your diet.

10. Vegetable juices
Carrot juice in combination with beet and cucumber juice is also very effective. 100 ml each of beet juice and cucumber juice should be mixed with 300 ml carrot juice and taken daily.
Low fat dairy products like milk, curd help lower uric acid level.

11. Foods rich in vit c
Include vitamin c rich foods & supplements in your daily diet to reduce uric acid in the body. It disintegrates uric acid and forces it out of the body through urine. Good sources of vitamin c are awla, guava, kiwi, sweet lime, oranges, capsicum, lemon, tomato and green leafy veg.

12. High-fibre foods
According to the university of maryland medical center, adding foods high in dietary fibre may help lower uric acid levels in your blood. Dietary fibre may help absorb uric acid in your bloodstream, allowing it to be eliminated from your body through your kidneys.

 Increase the consumption of dietary soluble fibers such as isabgol, oats, broccoli, apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, celery, and carrots, barley.
Bananas are also beneficial in lowering uric acid.

13. Green tea
Consume green tea on a regular basis to control hyperuricemia (high uric acid levels) and lower your risk of developing gout.

14. Eating grains that are more alkaline such as jowar, bajra are helpful.

15. Vegetables
Tomatoes, broccoli, and cucumbers are some of the veggies that you need to start including in your meals. Tomatoes are one of the best vegetables that you could have for lowering uric acid. Fresh tomato is alkaline by nature and when it is exposed to the blood stream it increases the alkalinity of the blood. Raw vegetables like potatoes or corns are effective to reduce uric acid in the body. Have them raw or steam these vegetables.

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Constipation - 13 Natural Ways It Can Be Treated!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Constipation - 13 Natural Ways It Can Be Treated!

Constipation is when a person has difficulty passing stool or has very dry stool. With processed and refined food habits on the rise, constipation is also becoming a rampant problem. The food passes through the large intestine, where a large part of the water is reabsorbed and stool is formed. This is expelled from the body, and if there is constipation, this passage of stool can be difficult, painful, and may be accompanied by bleeding too.

Constipation is common in children as well as among the elderly. Children eat a lot more junk compared to adults. As age progresses, elders begin losing teeth and they chew less which leads to indigestion and thereby constipation. Treating constipation should be a conscious effort as it does not have a single remedy. A combination of dietary changes including all aspects like fiber, water, caffeine etc. can help in treating constipation effectively. 

  1. As the first thing in the morning, drinking a glass of lukewarm water is good. Add some baking soda to this, if you are feeling bloated, it aids in cleansing the bowels.
  2. Ginger tea is another great remedy to induce bowel movements in the morning.
  3. A glass of warm milk with a little honey or sugar is a good remedy for constipation.
  4. Warm water or milk with Isabgol husk at bedtime helps bowel movements in the morning.
  5. Applying a few drops of lukewarm castor oil over the navel when going to sleep can help in easy passage of stools in the morning.
  6. Guava, pears, oranges, grapes, papaya, apples, and other fruits add roughage to the diet and help in easy passage of stools.
  7. Soak some raisins in hot water, cool it, crush and strain them. This is very effective for treating constipation in children.
  8. A glass of carrot juice or papaya juice is very useful in treating constipation.
  9. Drink about 8 to 10 glasses of water to avoid constipation. The artificial juices and canned drinks do not count in this, as they only make it worse.
  10. High-fat, processed foods, alcohol, and caffeine are major causes of constipation. So one should avoid them to a large extent.
  11. Including small amounts of olive oil, castor oil, and ghee help in lubrication and easy passage of the stools.
  12. Triphala, which is a popular Ayurvedic preparation, can be mixed with warm water and consumed to prevent constipation. Given its bitter taste, you can add a small amount of honey to it. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic properties. This helps in overall cleansing of the colon and is not just a short-term remedy.
  13. Yogasanas like pavana muktasana, yoga mudra, dhanur asana, and vajrasana have major benefits on the digestive system, including releasing accumulated gas and passage of stools.

Following these tips and maintaining dietary and lifestyle discipline is very effective in providing long term remedy from constipation. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Table of Content

Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Health Benefits of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Aids Digestion
Reduce Blood Sugar
Helps Weight Loss
Reduces Blood Pressure
Anti-inflammatory
Detoxifying the Body
Anti-cancer
Uses of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)
Cultivation of Psyllium Husk (Isabgol)