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Plantago psyllium

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Plantago psyllium

Plantago psyllium L. (Plantago afra L.)
Plantaginaceae – Plantain family

The raw material is the whole, ripe seed, dried in natural conditions in room temperature, shaded and ventilated.

Psyllium – appearance and origin:

An annual found in the Mediterranean, from Spain to Asia Minor, especially Morocco; grown in Western, Central and Southern Europe, mainly France, rarely in Poland. The stem can be up to 30 cm high, branched, opposite leaves. The leaves are linear, the flowers are small, brownish, growing in the angles of leaves. The seeds are boat-shaped, dark brown, smooth, shiny.

Psyllium – effects and use:

The seeds taken orally swell as they absorb water, increasing intestinal content volume, which enhances peristalsis, facilitates bowel movement and protect the gastrointestinal mucosa. They are used for constipation and colonic hyperactivity. The effective dose is 4-15 g. Psyllium seeds can be used interchangeably with linseed. The effect occurs after 12-24 hours or even later.