Ailment: Irritable bowel syndrome
Psyllium is the common name given to several members of the plant genus Plantago. The seeds are used to produce mucilage and provide a dietary fibre. This fibre is not absorbed by the small intestine, and it retains a high proportion of water. Its mechanical action gently stimulates normal bowel elimination and absorbs water. It can be used as a remedy for both constipation and diarrhoea. It is claimed that it can reduce blood cholesterol. Commercially, it is also used as a food thickener.
Comment posted by Lyn of Perth, Western Australia, Australia on 26 August 2014 at 11:58 2820
I used to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. However, for the last 20 years at least, I have been taking a heaped teaspoon of psyllium in a tall glass of warm water, first thing in the morning. It has kept me regular and feeling very comfortable. I have noticed that you need to keep your water intake up for the psyllium to work effectively. My last colonoscopy had very positive results, with a very healthy colon with absolutely no polyps, diverticular or any other nasties. I feel that my psyllium intake has played a big role in that. However, I do try and eat a high fibre diet too.