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About Psyllium

  • The word psyllium originated from a Greek word for a flea, referring to the size, shape, and whitish color of the seed, which is the commercially important part of this plant.
  • Psyllium is the common name used for several members of the plant genus Plantago whose seeds are used commercially for the production of mucilage.
  • The kind Plantago contains over 200 species. Psyllium Plant
  • Psyllium is the husk of the seed of the Plantain and is a top herb used in weight control and for general intestinal health.
  • Psylliums are produced commercially in many European countries, the former Soviet Union, Pakistan, and India.
  • Psyllium has a long history of use throughout the world. Psyllium has been used in traditional medicine in the US, Europe, India, and China.
  • In 1990s German health authorities approved the use of psyllium to reduce serum cholesterol levels.
  • In 1998, the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) authorized the use of health claim label in food and dietary supplements containing Psyllium (Sat-Isabgol).
  • Isabgol (Psyllium), is an annual herb that grows to a height of 12 to 18 inch. Flowers are numerous, small, and white. Plants flower about 60 days after planting.
  • It has a significant property of absorbing water and form a bulk mucilage. Its action is purely mechanical and its efficiency is entirely due to the large quantity of mucilage present in the husks.
Know more about Psylliums History


  Isabgol (Psylliums), the common name in India for P. ovata, comes from the Persian words "isap" and "ghol" that mean horse ear, which is descriptive of the shape of the seed. It is indigenous to Mediterranean region and West Asia extending up to Sutlej and Sindh in West Pakistan, also distributed from Canary Islands across Southern Spain, North Africa, Middle East and North-Western Asia. In India the use of isabgol is as old as the Ayurveda System of Medicine. It is commercially cultivated in North Gujarat, Western Rajasthan, Punjab, Hariyana and Uttar Pradesh. Isabgol Plant
Psyllium Latin Names

Psyllium Latin Names

  • Plantago psyllium
  • Plantago isphagula
Commonly Used Name of Psyllium

Commonly Used Name of Psyllium

  • Flea
  • lspaghua
  • Spogel
  • Plantago Psyllium
  • Isaphgol
  • Plantago sp.
  • Isabgula
  • Ispaghula
Psyllium Botanical Names

Psyllium Botanical Names

  • Plantago Ovata
  • Plantago Ispaghula 
Properties of Psyllium

Psyllium Properties

  • Antidiarrheal, soothing, demulcent, emollient, laxative
  • High Affinity to Water
  • Contains no toxic or harmful chemical / reagents
  • Purely mechanical action
  • Completely Natural
  • Safe for all ages
  • Psyllium is a sweet, astringent, cooling herb that soothes irritation and absorbs digestive toxins.
Properties of Psyllium

Psyllium Chemical Constituents


Mucilage mainly composed of arabinose, xylose, galacturonic acid, semi drying fatty oil and small amount of aucubin. 

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