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Isabgol

Isabgol
Isabgol also known as psyllium husk is a dietary fiber that helps to increase stool and promote laxation. It is one of the most commonly used home remedies for constipation.
Isabgol is good for weight loss as it gives a feeling of fullness and helps prevent overeating. It is also good for diabetic patients as it helps to manage blood glucose levels.
Isabgol consumption is good for piles as it makes the stool bulky and prevents constipation. It also reduces the inflammation in piles due to its anti-inflammatory property.
Isabgol, when applied to the skin along with aloe vera gel, helps in managing acne and pimples due to its anti-inflammatory property.
Isabgol husk can be taken either with warm milk or water preferably before going to bed. It is advisable to avoid excessive consumption of Isabgol as it may lead to complications like abdominal pain, loose stools, diarrhoea etc[1-2].

What are the synonyms of Isabgol?

Plantago ovata, Ispagul, Isabgul, Bartang, Isabagolu, Umto, Urthamujirum, Ghora jeeru, Ishakol, Ishapupukol, Ispagola vittulu, Ispagala, Isphagula, Eshopgol, Psyllium, Blond psyllium, Bazrequatuna, Bazrekatima, Isphaghol, Isparjah, Ispoghul, Aspsgol, Isparzah

What is the source of Isabgol?

Plant Based

Benefits of Isabgol

What are the benefits of Isabgol for Constipation?

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Isabgol is beneficial in the management of constipation. Isabgol is rich in fibre content. Isabgol also has the ability to absorb and retain water. This adds bulk to the stool and makes the stool soft and easy to pass out[4][5].
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Ayurvedic View
Isabgol helps to manage constipation as it is rich in fiber and adds bulk to stool due to its Guru (heavy) nature. It also stimulates intestinal contractions and peristaltic movements because of its mild Rechana (laxative) nature which helps in easy expulsion of stools.

What are the benefits of Isabgol for Piles?

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Isabgol is beneficial in managing hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are a result of chronic constipation. Isabgol is a rich source of fibres. It helps in absorbing and retaining water. This makes the stool bulky, soft and easy to pass. Thus, Isabgol manages chronic constipation that can lead to piles. It also reduces congestion and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids[4][5][7].
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Ayurvedic View
Isabgol helps to manage hemorrhoids due to its Sita (cold) and Guru (heavy) properties. Isabgol also stimulates intestinal contractions and peristaltic movements because of mild Rechana (laxative) nature which helps in the passage of stools.

What are the benefits of Isabgol for High cholesterol?

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Isabgol is beneficial in lowering cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. Isabgol has hypocholesterolemic effects. Isabgol increases the breakdown and decreases the absorption of bad cholesterol[4][5].
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Ayurvedic View
Isabgol helps to reduce high cholesterol since it is rich in fiber and produces bulk due to its Guru (heavy) property. It helps remove toxins from the body and thus manage high cholesterol level.

What are the benefits of Isabgol for Obesity?

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Isabgol helps to control obesity as it is rich in fiber and helps to clean the colon and remove toxins from the body responsible for obesity due to its Guru(heavy) nature.

What are the benefits of Isabgol for Diarrhea?

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Isabgol is beneficial in managing diarrhea. Isabgol blocks the calcium ion channels and has antidiarrheal and anti-secretory properties[4][7].
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Isabgol helps to control diarrhea by absorbing the water content from the digestive tract and producing bulk, which makes the stool thick due to its Guru (heavy) property.
Tip:
Take Isabgol with curd in case of diarrhea.

What are the benefits of Isabgol for Irritable bowel syndrome?

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Ayurvedic View
Isabgol helps in case of Irritable bowel syndrome because it adds volume to the stool and absorbs extra water which facilitates easy passage of stool due to its Guru (heavy) nature. It also adds a layer of protective lining to the inner side of the stomach that helps in reducing hyperacidity due to its Sita (cold) nature.
Tips:
1. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Isabgol husk.
2. Mix it with curd and take this mixture right after meals.
3. Use this remedy for effective relief from diarrhea.

What are the benefits of Isabgol for Ulcerative colitis?

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Ayurvedic View
Isabgol helps in case of inflammatory bowel disease due to its property of balancing Vata and Pitta. Isabgol adds volume to the waste and absorbs extra water which facilitates easy passage of stool and controls the frequency of motion due to its Guru (heavy) nature. It also helps prevent inflammation of the intestine due to its Sita (potency).
Tips:
1. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Isabgol Husk Powder.
2. Mix with 1 glass of lukewarm water .
3. Have it at night before going to sleep
4. To keep better digestion

What are the benefits of Isabgol for Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 & Type 2)?

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Isabgol is beneficial in managing diabetes. Isabgol reduces the sudden increase in glucose levels after meals. Isabgol also increases the absorption of other antidiabetic drugs like metformin and enhances their glucose lowering property[4-6].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Isabgol helps to control diabetes because it slows down the process of breakdown and absorption of glucose due to its Guru (heavy) property. It also helps to improve metabolism due to its Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) reducing nature.

How effective is Isabgol?

Likely effective
Constipation, Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 & Type 2), Diarrhea, High cholesterol, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Irritable bowel syndrome, Obesity, Piles, Ulcerative colitis
Insufficient evidence
Cancer, Cancer of colon and rectum, Crohn’s disease, Skin disorders

Precautions when using Isabgol

Advice from Experts
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Avoid taking Isabgol if you are have throat problems or difficulty in swallowing.
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Consult your doctor before taking Isabgol if you have Parkinson’s disease[3].
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Ayurvedic View
Take Isabgol in recommended dosage or duration as a high dose can lead to heaviness in the stomach due to its Guru (heavy) nature.
Patients with diabetes
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Isabgol may lower the blood sugar levels. So it is generally advisable to monitor your blood sugar level regularly while taking Isabgol along with anti diabetic drugs[3].
Patients with heart disease
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Isabgol may lower the blood pressure. So it is generally advisable to monitor your blood pressure regularly while taking Isabgol along with anti hypertensive drugs[4].
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Important
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1. Swollen nasal passages
2. Sneezing
3. Swollen eyelids
4. Anaphylaxis
5. Skin Rashes
6. Hives[3-4]
7. Chest pain
8. Vomiting
9. Difficulty in swallowing or breathing[3].

Recommended Dosage of Isabgol

  • Isabgol Powder - 1-2 teaspoon once or twice a day.
  • Isabgol Capsule - 1-2 Capsules once or twice a day.

How to use Isabgol

1. Isabgol Husk Powder
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Isabgol husk.
b. Mix it with curd and take this mixture right after meals.
c. Use this remedy for effective relief from diarrhea.

2. Isabgol Husk Powder with water or milk
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Isabgol Husk Powder.
b. Mix with 1 glass of lukewarm water or milk .
c. Have it at night before going to sleep
d. Use this remedy for effective relief from constipation

3. Isabgol Husk(Psyllium Husk) Capsule with water
Take 1-2 two capsules with warm water before sleeping once or after lunch and dinner.

Benefits of Isabgol

1. Acne and Pimples
Isabgol gives good result in case of skin problems like acne or pimples. According to Ayurveda, an aggravation of Kapha leads to an increased sebum production and clogging of pores. This results in the formation of both white and blackheads. Another factor, an aggravation of Pitta causes red papules (bumps) and inflammation with pus. Applying Isabgol paste helps to control excessive production of sebum and removes the clogging of pores. It also helps to reduce inflammation and gives soothing effects due to its Sita (cold) and Ropan properties.
Tips:
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Isabgol husk and soak it in water.
b. Wait for some time to get a semi-solid mixture.
c. Add Aloe vera gel and almond oil and mix well to make a paste.
d. Apply it on the face and wait for 15-30 minutes.
e. Wash it off with cold water.
f. Repeat it once or twice a week.

Precautions when using Isabgol

Allergy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Isabgol should be used with honey or rose water if your skin is hypersensitive.

Recommended Dosage of Isabgol

  • Isabgol Powder - 1-2 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Isabgol

1. Isabgol powder with Honey or Rose water
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon Isabgol powder.
b. Mix with honey or rose water.
c. Apply it on the affected area once a day.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can I take Isabgol with lemon?

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Yes, Isabgol can be taken with lemon. Consuming this mixture enhances the benefits of both lemon and Isabgol. It not only maintains your bowel but also help to in weight loss by reducing fats in the body.
Tip:
1. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Isabgol Powder.
2. Add lukewarm water to it.
3. Also squeeze ½ lemon to it.
4. Drink it preferably empty stomach in the morning for maximum benefits.

Q. Where to purchase Isabgol?

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Isabgol Husk is available in the market under various brands and prices, such as
Sat Isabgol, Dabur, Patanjali, Baidyanath, Organic India, etc. The price range varies from Rs 80 to Rs 150 for 100 grams pack. You can choose the product according to your liking and requirement.

Q. Is it safe to take Isabgol daily?

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Isabgol helps to keep digestion healthy and correct constipation. So if you have any digestion related problems, you can consume Isabgol for healthy bowel movement.

Q. Should I take Isabgol husk before or after a meal?

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Isabgol helps to correct constipation due to its Rechana (mild laxative) nature and should be taken after a meal at night.

Q. Can I take Isabgol in excess amount?

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Isabgol helps to correct constipation due to its Rechana (mild laxative) nature. But excess consumption of Isabgol can cause diarrhea or loose motion.

Q. Does taking Isabgol with warm water leads to Diarrhoea?

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Yes Isabgol might lead to diarrhea if taken in high dose with warm water due to its mild Rechana (laxative) nature.

Q. How do I use isabgol for weight loss?

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Isabgol can be added in water or can also be taken by adding lemon juice to it. Consume this every morning before breakfast. The recommended daily dosage of Isabgol for adults or elderly is 7-11 g in one to three doses whereas in children, the recommended dose is half or two third of the adult dose. As it is a bulk laxative, it is to be taken with 150 ml of water otherwise it might cause blockage of the intestine.
Isabgol helps in weight loss as it is rich in water soluble fibers that help keep you full for a long period of time. It also reduces the level of certain hormones responsible for hunger thereby suppressing body weight[5][6].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Weight gain is a condition that occurs due to weak or poor digestion. This results in the accumulation of excessive fat or toxins in the body. Isabgol helps to reduce weight due to its Pichhila (smooth) and Mutral (diuretic) properties. It helps facilitate the movement of waste through the intestines thereby making it easy for the stool to pass out. It also increases the production of urine. This helps to remove the excessive fat out of the body.

Q. Is Isabgol safe in pregnancy?

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Enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Isabgol during pregnancy. However, as Isabgol is laxative in nature, it is generally advised to consult your doctor before taking Isabgol during pregnancy[7][8].

Q. What are the benefits of taking Isabgol with milk?

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Isabgol is considered to be beneficial when taken with milk which manages the weak digestion. This promotes the bowel movement and provides relief from constipation and acidity. This further prevents the condition of bleeding piles when taken Isabgol with warm milk twice a day[9].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Isabgol helps to prevent the condition of constipation when given with milk as milk has Rechana (laxative) property and Isabgol has Pichhila (smooth) property. These properties together help clear the intestines thereby facilitating smooth bowel movements.

Q. Is Isabgol good for loose motions?

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Yes, Isabgol might be considered good for loose motions due to its anti-diarrheal activity. It inhibits the growth of certain bacteria in the intestines that are responsible for loose stools thereby preventing loose motions or diarrhea[6][10].
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Ayurvedic View
Yes, Isabgol is good for loose motions when given with curd due to its Grahi (absorbent) property. It helps to absorb the water content from the digestive tract making the stool bulky which helps prevent loose motions.

Q. What are the benefits of Isabgol for the skin?

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Isabgol is considered to be beneficial for skin. It has anti-inflammatory property which helps reduce swelling. It also contains antioxidants that help prevent cell damage. Isabgol might also help in tissue regeneration as well as stimulation of the immune system that in turn help in the healing of wounds and injuries without leaving any scarring[6].
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Ayurvedic View
Some skin problems like inflammation generally occur due to an imbalanced Pitta dosha. Isabgol helps to manage inflammation of the skin as well heals wounds quickly due to its Pitta balancing and Sita (cold) properties. It also helps to reduce dryness and promotes the naturally glowing skin due to its Snigdha (oily) property.

Q. Does Isabgol have a role in wound healing?

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Yes, Isabgol has a role in wound healing. Isabgol promotes wound healing by increasing wound contraction[7].

References

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  4. WebMD.Blond-psyllium: Uses, Side effects, Doses, Interactions [Internet].Atlanta [last updated in 2016].
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  6. Sarfraz RM, Khan H, Maheen S et al.Plantago ovata: a comprehensive review on cultivation, biochemical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological aspects. Acta Pol Pharm.2017;74(3):739-746.
  7. Haddadian K, Haddadian K, Zahmatkash M. A review of Plantago plant. Indian journal of traditional knowledge. 2014;13(4):681-685.
  8. Assessment report on Plantago ovata Forskk., semen.European Medicines Agency. 2013.
  9. Garg P, Raghav PK, Sharma RK, et al. Development of Mucilaginous Spongy Dessert-A Herbal Rassogolla Prepared from Cow Milk. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications.2014;4(2): 1-5.
  10. Arya J. Food is your medicine. Arya publications. 2014.
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