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Psyllium Husks

Psyllium Husks

Natures Way Psyllium Husk. Bulk fibre laxative for use in various bowel disorders. Swells in water to stimulate movement of stool in constipation & absorbs water in diarrhoea. Can also be used in conditions such as IBS, colitis & diverticulitis. Decrease cholesterol. 180 vegetarian capsules

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Common Uses

Psyllium husk is commonly recommended for acute or chronic constipation as the husks swell in water to provide a gentle intestinal cleanser.

Also used in disorders where easy bowel movements with a loose stool are desirable, e.g. in patients with anal fissures, haemorrhoids, following anal/rectal surgery; during pregnancy (under practitioner supervision); as a secondary medication in the treatment of various kinds of diarrhoea due to its water absorbency and in the treatment of irritable bowel (IBS).

This product usually produces bowel movements in 12 to 72 hours. Can also be used in assisting the lowering of blood cholesterol levels. It is very important to drink plenty of water when taking this herb (less if using to treat diarrhoea).

Suggested Dosage

Recommendations:  Drink a full glass of liquid with each dose.

Adults and children 12 years of age and older: Take 6 capsules once daily.
Children 6-12 years of age: Take 3 capsules once daily.
Children under 6 years: Consult your doctor.

Increase total fluid intake. Contraindications: Because Psyllium forms an indigestible mass, it should be taken at different times than other supplements and should not be taken with water soluble supplements or medications in water suspension. Psyllium and other bulking agents should be avoided in cases of bowel obstruction or perforations.

Health Information

Psyllium Husk

Psyllium is a member of the plant family Plantaginaceae, and is not related to wheat. There are several species of Psyllium, but the seed husks from Plantago ovata have the best quality and highest fibre content.

Psyllium - A Bulk forming laxative

Psyllium is an unusually effective and safe bulk laxative, high in both fibre and mucilage. The fibre is composed mostly of hemicellulose which is not digested in the small intestine, but is partially broken down in the colon, where it acts as a food source for friendly flora.

The laxative properties of Psyllium are due to the swelling of the husk when it absorbs water. This swelling action forms a gelatinous mass in the intestine that keeps the faeces hydrated and soft. This forms a soft, bulky mass that stimulates a reflex contraction in the walls of the bowel, encouraging natural peristalsis. The soft, bulky stool passes through the colon more quickly (preventing potentially toxic waste from staying in the colon) and evacuates more smoothly and easily.

Are Psyllium Husk Safe to use?

Psyllium Husks are very safe, and widely used throughout the world. Psyllium husks are not habit forming, and can be taken every day by children as well as adults. Psyllium has a dual action making the herb suitable for both diarrhoea and constipation.

In diarrhoea Psyllium taken without so much water increases the bulk and mass of the faecal matter by soaking up the excess fluid and toxic waste matter.

In constipation Psyllium must be taken with plenty of water to encourage the faster passage of softened faecal matter as the husks absorb water.

Numerous double blind studies have shown that Psyllium can also help lower total cholesterol levels, without adversely affecting high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (a beneficial from of cholesterol).


Each 1 vegetarian capsule contains 525mg of Psyllium Husks.  Other ingredients: Plant-derived capsule (Modified cellulose) Gluten free. No sugar, salt, yeast, soy, wheat, corn, dairy products, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.


Keep out of reach of Children. Drink plenty of water when using Psyllium. Do not take at the same time as other medication. Psyllium and other bulking agents should be avoided in cases of bowel obstruction or perforations.  Do not use when abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting are present, unless directed by a doctor.  Consult a doctor if you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that persists over 2 weeks.  Rectal bleeding or failure to move bowels after use may indicate a serious condition. Discontinue use and consult a doctor.

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