Psyllium. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Psyllium (Plantago psyllium)

Properties of
- The psyllium has a high content of mucilage. Its seeds are an excellent laxative. Emollient, anti-inflammatory. Find a good scope in the anal and intestinal inflammation.
- Its most common uses are: constipation, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, intestinal diverticulosis, gastritis, enterocolitis, ulcers, bowel syndrome, cystitis, bronchitis. Hypercholesterolemia, diabetes.
- The mechanism of action against constipation is based on its high fluid absorption capacity, increasing the viscosity of intestinal contents and normalized transit and stool frequency.
- For topical use: abscesses, boils, rheumatic pains, wounds, varicose ulcers, burns and eczema.

Contraindications of
- Esophageal stricture, pyloric or intestinal.
- Diabetics in decompensated phases.

Side Effects of Psyllium
- Exceptionally have shown hypersensitivity reactions with powdered forms.
- At the psyllium retards intestinal absorption of carbohydrates. Because of this the physician should monitor blood sugar levels.
- It appears that the psyllium is also interfere with absorption of some minerals (calcium, copper, magnesium, zinc), vitamins (B12) and certain drugs (cardiac glycosides, coumarin derivatives).

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

- As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.

(0 = none, 1 = something toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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