- What other names is Black Psyllium known by?
- What is Black Psyllium?
- How does Black Psyllium work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Black Psyllium.
Black psyllium is used for chronic constipation and for softening stools in conditions such as hemorrhoids, cracks in the skin around the anus (anal fissures), surgery on the rectum, and pregnancy. It is also used for diarrhea, dysentery, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), reducing high cholesterol, and treating cancer.
- Constipation. Black psyllium works as a bulk laxative and reduces constipation.
Possibly Effective for...
- High cholesterol. Taking black psyllium by mouth seems to reduce total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Diabetes. Early research suggests that taking black psyllium by mouth for up to 6 weeks reduces blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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