September 24, 2016

Black Psyllium

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What other names is Black Psyllium known by?

Brown Psyllium, Dietary Fiber, Fibre Alimentaire, Fleaseed, Fleawort, French Psyllium, Graine de Psyllium, Herbe aux Puces, Œil-de-Chien, Plantain, Plantago psyllium, Plantain, Plantain Pucier, Psyllion, Psyllios, Psyllium, Psyllium afra, Psyllium arenaria, Psyllium Brun, Psyllium d'Espagne, Psyllium indica, Psyllium Noir, Psyllium Seed, Pucière, Pucilaire, Spanish Psyllium, Zaragatona.

What is Black Psyllium?

Black psyllium is a weed that grows aggressively throughout the world. The plant was spread with the colonization of the New World and was nicknamed "Englishman's foot" by the North American Indians. People use the seed to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse black psyllium with other forms of psyllium including blond 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.

Effective for...

  • 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.
  • Cancer.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of black psyllium for these uses.

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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