Botanical Name(s): Plantago Ovata
Popular Name(s): Psyllium Husk, Psyllium Seeds, Plantago, Isabgol
Parts Used: Seed and husk
Habitat: Psyllium is native to Iran and India
Description: Psyllium plant prefers light and requires dry or moist soil. The flowers of Psyllium possess both male and female organs and wind plays a major role in their pollination. They are pollinated by winds.
Uses: Psyllium is used as diuretic and as emollient. The plant is known as a useful laxative. It helps in proper bowel movements. It is used in inflammatory conditions of mucous membrane of gastro intestinal and genitourinary tracts. It is used to cure chronic constipation, amoebic and bacillary dysentery.