Herb Library: Natural Herbs and Herbal Supplements Directory: Psyllium





This fact sheet provides basic information about Psyllium. Native to Iran and regions of India, psyllium is cultivated for it use as an herbal medicine. The seeds of the psyllium plant are the primary part of the plant used in traditional herbal medicine. The husk of the psyllium plant is used to relieve constipation.

Common Names

Plantain, Spanish Psyllium, French Psyllium, Blond Plantago, Indian Plantago Psyllium Seed, Flea Seed, Black Psyllium

Latin Names


What It Is Used For

  • Treating occasional constipation and restoring regularity.

How It Is Used

The husks are used whole in their natural state, or dried and chopped or powdered for easier consumption. In either of these forms, one takes them by mixing them with water or another fluid. They are also available in capsules. Over-the-counter laxatives and fiber supplements such as Metamucil, Serutan, Fybogel, Bonvit, and Effersyllium have psyllium husks as their main ingredient.

What the Science Says

  • The seeds and refined colloid are used commonly in commercial bulk laxative preparations.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • Always follow the manufacturers' recommendations.


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