Isabgol- The Colon cleanser

Isabgol- The Colon cleanser


isabgolIsabgol (psyllium husks) a natural vegetable product in highly purified form is nature’s highest soluble fiber obtained from plantago ovata (Isabgol) seeds.It is a naturally healthy fiber and is not absorbed in the intestine. It has no known interaction with other drugs, and does not interfere with the absorption of vitamin and minerals.

This product is mainly used as a bowel regulator.Isabgol absorbs water and swells up to give increased bulk in the intestine. The fiber present in Isabgol is soluble in nature. This fiber is different from the other type of fibers such as wheat bran and cellulose, which are insoluble.

Isabgol is recommended for relief of problems associated with chronic constipation such as piles, fissures and fistulas. Isabgol helps to moisten the hard stools and brings down the burning sensation after defecation. It helps to reduce strain during defecation in persons suffering from cardio vascular diseases, hernia and pregnancy.

It also increases the moisture content of the stools. This promotes the normal peristaltic movements and the bowel mobility.The fiber present in Isabgol helps to control the blood cholesterol levels.

Isabgol also helps to prevent heart attacks by regulating the serum cholesterol. Isabgol forms a thin layer on the intestines and prevents the absorption of cholesterol in to the arteries. Thus the cholesterol levels in the body is maintained.

It also helps to regulate the blood glucose levels and insulin response by decreasing the absorption of fats and glucose.

Isabgol also helps to clean the gastro intestinal tract by removing the toxins present there along with the bulk. Thus the toxins are excreted from the body. Isabgol also helps to prevent indigestion, and flatulence. It removes any material, which may cause intestinal obstruction.

Isabgol helps to prevent lethargy and gives a feeling of well being and good health.

Isabgol forms a bulk on swelling, it is classified as a bulk-laxative. It is usually effective within 8-12 hours.
Isabgol should be stirred in a full glass of fluid such as water or juice, just before ingestion. Failure to consume sufficient fluid with a bulk laxative decreases its efficacy. Intake of the husk without fluids should be strictly avoided.

Consumed with water prior to meals, reduces consumption of fat and calories.

Recommended to supplement fiber deficient diet may be used 5 to 10 grams daily with a glass of water , syrup, milk, fruit-juice, salted curd or lassi. The Dosage can go up to three times a day as per individual requirements and One teaspoon daily at bedtime is also advised.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

150 Replies to “Isabgol- The Colon cleanser”

  1. Good article! I was actually searching for something like this! I had a few queries to ask.

    1) Can patients suffering from gastritis take isabgol?

    2) Is it ok if we can get the Isabgol in the natural form other than buying products from other company?

    3) Can people having stomach disorders consume Isabgol?

    Thanks in advance .

  2. Thanks michelle for the queries..
    1) There is no restriction of fiber in gastritis but however Isabgol should not be used if the person has vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. This product should not be taken along with any other medication, as the desired effects of the medication will be reduced.

    2) Isabgol can be taken in any forms even from a company or natural form.The companies cannot alter much other than add any flavors and they have to retain the fibre content. In the natural form the taste is bland while company products are flavored.
    The choice is yours but I personally prefer natural form of isabgol.

    3) It depends on what stomach disorders you are talking about as some of them they are treated with low fiber diet and some with high fiber diets.

    Isabgol is in the lime light as it has soluble fiber and is not made of harsh fiber which remains undigested like cellulose which can cause flatulence and discomfort for some people.

  3. I have a chronic stomach problem since almost a month. When i try to eat healthy food such as breads and fruits, I get constipation. I have to strain a lot in the toilet. Before, I used to have a perfect bowel movement, once in morning and once in evening sometimes. But now, I have to pay numerous visits to the washroom and the stool isn’t the same either. I tried changing my diet, but none of it seems to work. I am really concerned since I am an athlete and I can’t seem to digest my food properly. I get cycles of constipation and diarrohea.
    I have tried isabgol but it doesn’t work. Perhaps I am taking wrong dosage. Can you prescribe your dosage in my case and other possible suggestions.

  4. Hi Sanjana,
    I have been experiencing frequent foul discharge of gases. I visited the doctor he did a stool test and he said test it is normal and advised me to take Isabgol daily 1 teaspoon and since last 3-4 weeks i have been on that but still no relief from my problem so i started taking Kayam churan which helps to certain extent i was also taking one teaspoon followed with a glass of water should i take more number of times .

    what is your advise I am 42 years old and 83 kgs weight.

    Thanks In advance


  5. A gas problem indicates indigestion. In fact taking more fiber ie isabgol wont help infact will worsen it as fiber traps gas and if taken in excess can aggravate the problem. Hence look into your diet more closely, observe the symptoms. Usually carbohydrates like pulses and legumes if taken more than necessary can cause a problem. There are many who cannot digest protein and this gives us symptoms of indigestion. Cut down on pulses, cabbage, cauliflower etc for some time. Drink enough water and exercise regularly.

  6. Hi Sanjana!

    I am very much curious about this isabgol. can i also use this as a dietary supplement? because now im using green tea supplement, but i think my craving doesn’t work at all. kindly advice me regarding this one. By the way, i am 24 yrs of age, with 63 kilos. i just want to lose my weight trying or using this isabgol.

  7. isabgol is just fiber…It is not a supplement. Take a teaspoon in water before food. It will reduce hunger pangs. But do not go over board with it. Do not take more than ten grams

  8. is it recommended to take isabgol in the evening or the best time is night ? Please suggest.what a persone will do if has to go to wash room for several times, still his stool is not clear.
    anxiously waiting for your reply!
    Thanking you, karabi

  9. The best time to take isabgol is at night before going to bed. It clears the intestine well and adds bulk to the stool. Drink enough fluids about 1.5-2 liters per day. This will help to clear the system too along with isabgol.

  10. hi sanjana my age is 20 and weight is 61kg i want to reduce my fats can i take isabgol plz tel me advance thnxx

  11. Hi mahi,

    Isabgol is not a miracle drug which will suck out fat from the body.You have to be on a low calorie diet and very importantly, exercise regularly.

    Yes, you can take isabgol before meals. But this does not mean you can eat as much as calories as you want. You will need to stick to the prescribed calorie intake and exercise consistently.

  12. Hi Sanjana,

    Very nice article.

    Earlier, my stomach does not clean well. I used Isabgol and it helped to clean my stomach well. Can eating Isabgol daily will have any side effects?

    Please advise…


  13. It does not have any side effect. Do not take more than 1 heaped teaspoon per day. Excess can pull out minerals from your body and may cause loose motions. So do not go overboard with the Isabgol intake.

  14. Hello Sanjana
    I am suffering from indigestion for past 4 days and Whatever I eat doesnot stay in my stomach thus making me weak and Lethargic. My age is 26 and My weight is just 50 KG. Do you think proper dosage of Isabagol will help me in rectifying in my stomach problems and at the same time revive my physique.

    Plzzzz help

  15. To:-

    Sanjana, Dietician.

    I am 84 with fairly good habits,like doing yoga ,walking, choosy in diet,no over eating etc.

    Before going to bed at night ,daily I take one and a half spoon of Isabgol in water and only then I go to bed. Should I have the isabgol before night food or after, when going to bed as I am doing at present.

    Awaiting your valued advice.


  16. Isabgol is advised to be had after food before going to bed and also with a lot of water. Take it as you are doing now. It is quite helpful. But it is quite appreciative that you as an octogenarian is taking very good care of one self.

    Keep the spirits high for good health…

  17. my age is 39 years with weight 86 kg. i am doing regular exercise in health club from last 45 days. I hv lost around 7 kg weight in last 45 days. Is I am loosing weight very fast or loosing 7 kg in 45 days is ok? I aim to further loose 10 kg more weight in next 3 months. Is it ok? can you please provide me a list of daily food diet chart to keep the calories intake low and to reduce fat. Thanks for your time.

  18. Hi, I am mother of a 3 months old baby and suffering from constipation. My problem is hard stools. I have been using isbagol husk regularly morning evening but my stool is still hard. How can I make it soft? I used 2 tbsp after breakfast and then 2 tbsp at night. After taking it, I go twice to bathroom but no avail. I drink a lot of water approx 3 litres, eat 3-4- pieces of fruit everyday. Please help me I am 32 yrs old, my weight is 64 kg (baby fat). Please suggest me a dosage which can make my stool soft. Thanks Regards

  19. Hi Ritu,
    Congrats on becoming mother…First and foremost, there are a lot of physical pressures on your body. Any changes in food, sleep can cause this problem. Isabgol should be taken preferably at night with atleast 500ml of water. The water requirements on your body is very high as you may be exclusively breast feeding,so you need to drink enough of water. Next check whether you are eating enough of fiber through food. Eat whole grains such as brown rice, dalia or broken wheat, oats, bajra, ragi etc depending on which region you are from. Eat enough of fruits and vegetables for high fiber content and eat on time. Sleep may be a forgotten entity now, but try to nap with the baby.

    If you keep breast feeding uptil a year, you will lose the baby fat 🙂

  20. dear madam,
    i m having constipation problem from more than a decade, i use to drink one bottle of water in the morning, then tea then cigarette then also i never had satisfactory result and i used kayam churan but from last one year i hv left cigarette n alcohol and now from past one month i m having isabgol, if i take one spoon heap of isabgol it never effects so i take 3 heaped table spoon then i get the result that to in the morning i hv to work hard , like drink one bottle of water n then walk n stretch for fifteen minutes and then big cup of tea and then again stretch before going to the loo and then i feel that i need to go to the toilet. it takes almost one and half hour to two hours, lot of time is wasted in this process and if i need to go to the toilet early my lot of time is saved, so is there any possibily, or any suggestions,when i take isabgol with warm milk or water gives better result but still takes time in the morning. i shall be very grateful if you could help me out with this.

  21. Hi,
    I am Bharani, Male, Age:28yrs, Height:165cm, Weight:62kgs. Recently, i have a problem of anal fissures. Docs have suggested me to have 3-5 gms of isabgol(husk powder) for 2 times a day. Could you plz let me know when will be the good time to have this(morning/evening or before/after having food). Is it harmful if i double the dosage of isabgol (i want to get rid of this fissure as soon as possible, as it’s very painful) and one more thing that presntly i am in UK and its now freezing, so plz tell the approx amount of isbagol to be taken, while considering the climatic condiitons over here?

    Thanks in advance.


  22. Hi Sanjana,
    Thanks for the Wonderful article. I have a question. Does isabgol help IBS patients..or does it make worse?. Thanks in advance.


  23. Hi Dr. Sanjana,

    I m 35 years of age. I m a regular at gym and have whey proteins pre and post workouts (1 scoop each time). off lately i have noticed that i need to pass gas quite a few times. I weigh 87 kg at 6′ with 6 kg of excess fat as per gym’s scan.

    Is this because of Whey ?
    Would isabgol help me ?
    what the ideal quantity of whey i should have pre and post workouts ?
    also if whey proteins are useful at all ?

  24. Hi Mathew,
    I suggest you have whey protien after exercise. It is advised to have carbs before exercise and whey protein after exercise for muscle development and repair. take about a scoop post exercise. whey is useful.

    Isabgol wont help you as it can aggravate the condition.

    Please elaborate more on the scan done at the gym….

  25. Hi Dr. Sanjana

    Thank you for your prompt response !

    Well its one of those machines which give out a body composition readouts. I m not sure what technology it uses but it gives out a complete A4 size printouts; If you want I can have a copy mailed to you . Can you suggest something for the excess gas while having Whey. Although I have noticed that the occurrence is reducing regularly; would it be that my body just needed to get used to it ?

  26. Dear Dr.Sanjana.

    very nice and informative posting..thanks for sharing knowledge.I am in a circumstances where i am seeking your suggestions before that i would like to share my history.

    i had pain in passing stool 3 years back it was first time experience in my was also passing blood along with stool. i consult a doctor they reported it as anal fissure provided me some tablets and tubes to insert at anus..after few days pain disappeared. later after again six months had same problem again visited doctor and he again provided me tablets,syrups and tubes reported anal fissure..later on December 2008 i had huge pain in my abdomen did sonography and came to know its gallbladder stone later i had to remove my gall bladder with doctors suggestion the mean time during operation doctors found i have appendix also so they removed my appendix same time. after finished with operation again after 2 months its started bleeding and pain in anus..again took medicines and tubes. later again after few months i had this pain with blood..i showed it to gastroenterologist he reported hemorrhoids this time by doing my endoscopy..and again provide me some pills and tubes and few syrup which was to soften stool. was ok after the treatment..later again it started same problem…and i am still having this problem..i m tired of this recurrent pain i am having this since last 3 years now . it last for few months and after treatment it get ok and then again same like before…i am 29 year old male having weight of 82 kgs..hight 5.11″ present i think the pain is not deep inside anus but its surrounding..i m not able to confirm wither i am constipated or certain extend i am constipated..and feel due to hard stool passing some times its started paining..i am not taking any kind of pills right now..only using tubes and hot water massage…in such circumstances i m seeking your reply to guide me through taking isabgol advisable for me? much dosage i should start with?…its paining sometimes please advise..thanks.

  27. Hi Rehan,

    Firstly lose some weight. Exercise will help you to tone up your anal muscles and help to pass stool daily. Isabgol can help you alot. Start with one teaspoon a day in warm water and then slowly increase the dosage to 2-3 tsps per day. Preferably take it at night as it helps you to pass stool easily the next day. Drink atleast 2 liters of water per day and add an extra half liter for every half hour of exercise.

  28. Dear Dr.Sanjana,

    Thanks for your kind reply.i personaly feel that my body is lethargic what to do my work is like computer programming..i suppose to sit on chair atleast 8 to 10 hrs a day and 3 to 4 hurs contineously..could you please suggest me exercise i should start with?..thanks again

  29. Hi Sanjana,

    I have a balanced diet, have papaya,oats, 6 badams, and coconut water for breakfast. Lunch consists of 2 wholegrain rotis with ghee with either fish,paneer or soya. And a vegetable. Dinner is sardines or tofu with some rice and a bowl of leafy vegetables. I have pumpkin seeds and lassi in between or a bowl of sprouts. and a fruit in between. practice yoga and breathing exercises everyday. I’m only 28 and still suffer from constipation and skin issues, what could be the problem? I’m 5.5 and weigh 52-53 kg. medium built.

  30. Hi Nom,

    Looks like you are doing all the right things. But you havent mentioned the amount of water you drink. If you arent drinking enough, then you may be getting constipated. Your diet looks high in protien, than of carbs. Carbs are the bulk of the diet, so you need not cut down the amount of carbs you eat.

    Even sleep wake habits have a profound effect on bowel movements. If you wake up and sleep on time, You can will have regular bowel movements.

  31. Hi Sanjana,

    I am 20 years old and suffer from bloating and constipation. To the extent that I have problems with wearing tight clothes coz of my bloating problem! I tried changing my diet, it helped to a certain extent but not fully. I pass stool everyday but not to my heart’s content and then I feel bloated throughtout the day.
    I am having problems with my new schedule of waking and sleeping timings also. Could that be a big reason? Also I drink plenty pf water and have recently started having fruits in my diet as well. What fruits can help me?
    I have been taking Homeopathy since quite sometime but it doesnt help much. Isabgol helps me a lot. Is it ok to take it on a daily basis? Do I need to avoid junk like Pizzas as well?
    I am tired of this problem and this bloating has been depressing me now!

  32. Hi Sanjana,
    Good detailed article. I have a couple of questions if you can help.

    1- Can isabgol be habit forming ? i.e if I consume it for say 2-3 months and stop after that , will that effect by bowel movement habit ?

    2- I have heard that isabgol has different effect depending on the type of liquid its consumed with , say like hot milk as opposed to cold water ?

  33. hi sanjana
    i am regularly takinng isabgol but i heard that regular intake of isabgol creates cough pl. explain

  34. Hi Sanjana,
    I am 30 yrs old. i having bit gastric problems, now heard about isabgol. can I know, how should i take this. some body told with milk. is it with hot milk or cold milk. after food or before food.please advice.


  35. Sorry must have missed out the comment…We will need to look into your diet too…if your diet is very poor…That too can be a problem…Straining will not help at all as this can weaken the intestinal muscles…Please send me down a detailed list of your diet with timings and intake…I will take it from there….email me at

  36. hi sanjana,
    i am suffering from severe constipation i take 3 tsp dabur isabgol in the evening,it has somewhat improved the condition ,what further should i do?


  37. Hi

    i am 39 year old and my weight is 63kg. i have suffering form hive(shitpitti). when i am taking isabgol my allergy was gone but now i have cough and cold. i have also asthma. mujhe ye bataiye ki isabgol se cough and cold ho sakta hai aur pleas hive ke liye kuchh titment batau

  38. Hi Sanjana,

    I am a 25year old based in New York.I have been having issues like gassy noises coming from rectum for nearly two months now. I have lost around 7.5kgs (i was 65, now i am 57.5). My stool is usually fragmented. I was on high protein diet previously for a period of 6 months as i worked out. Also we consume the milk we get here without boiling do you think that has compounded the problem? I am close to getting a depression because of these noises!!
    Do you think Isabgol can help me? Thanks in advance!

  39. Hi,
    Dr. Sanjana,
    Found your blog very informative. But adifferent small query,
    I drink one glass of water n then walk n stretch for fifteen minutes and then big cup of tea and then again stretch before going to the loo and then i feel that i need to go to the toilet. it takes almost one and half hour to two hours, lot of time is wasted in this process. I have to go atleast three times a day. It is not hard stool and also not paining. took long time to complete. so is there any possibily, or any suggestions,when i take isabgol with warm milk or water gives better result or any other suggestion but still takes time in the morning. i shall be very grateful if you could help me out with this.
    Thank you in advance. Regards, Amitabh

  40. Hi,
    Dr. Sanjana,I am 34 years of old wight 85 and height 5.11 inches
    Thank you in advance. Regards, Amitabh

  41. Hi Sanjana,

    I heard that Ispagol husk is also good for cholestrol.

    If so, how long should i advise a person to take isabgol for treatment of cholestrol ?

    Can you provide the dosage, best time and and term of consuming isabgol for cholestrol patients…

    Thanks Sanjana.

  42. Any experince in getting the Morepens Isabgol in Bangalore. i didn’t find their stores in Bangalore.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.



  43. Hi Friends,
    I just want to know the availability of Isabgol in Bangalore. Any information will be highly appreciated




    This is for Mr. Madhu to know that Isabgol is available in any medical shop in Bangalore. It is packed and sold by 4 to 5 Companies.. Medical shops will give full details.

  45. Mr. Madhu. I have seen your message. Thanks.

    I have personally used Isabgol and have found it to be very useful for bowel movement regularly. Buy first a small pack,Try it and I am sure you will find it to be a good remedy for your complaint. Go by the instructions given in the pack and drink plenty of water.Have it as a constant companion for you if it suits you…I am sure you will like it. Best wishes.

  46. Dear Mr.Sundaram,
    Yesterday, I have enquired in three medical shops in Bommanahalli about Isabgol, but they didn’t have this. Do you recommend Isabgol from any particular company so that I will enquire about this in some more shops.

    Thanks for your time.

    Best regards

  47. Dear Mr. Madhu,

    The brand name of isabgol i am having is

    “Dabur naturecure-Regular ISABGOL.” 375gramme pack Rs. 135/-

    You will get it in any shop in the city. Possibly, if you can tell your medical shop at Bommanahalli, they may procure for you.. If you are coming to the city, any big medical shop will be having it. If you do not get it still after searching in the city,, please let me Know. I will get one for you. Thanks.

  48. Dear Mr.Sundaram,
    Thank you very much for the information. I will try my best and let you know.

    Take care.

    With regards

  49. Dear Mr.Sundaram,
    I have purchased Isabgol regular- Dabur from a medical shop in City.

    Thanks for your timely information about this brand.



    Psyllium Husk, otherwise known popularly as Isabgol , is high in insoluble fibre (hemi- cellulose) and soluble fibre. Psyllium has also been known to exhibit cardio protective role as it helps in lowering blood cholesterol, especially the undesirable fraction of serum cholesterol, low density lipoprotein ( LDL ) , triglycerides, apo-lipoprotein B and reducing inflammation. Cholesterol lowering properties of psyllium can be attributed to its high fibre content and presence of beta-sitos-terol ( a phyto -chemical ).

  51. Hi,
    I am also a regular gym goer and aiming for weight gain. Currently at 5’8”, I weigh 62kgs.
    The problem is, even though I consume lactose free proteins and eat around 6 bananas daily, I have a very bad habit of farting all the time! My stomach bloats after eating but maybe due to my fast metabolism, it comes down to normal in a while. Also, I drink around 3ltrs of water each day.
    Please suggest me something about my problem.

    Awaiting reply.

  52. To Anon:-

    To Anon.

    I have seen your comments dated 25 jan 2011.

    Ginger is carminative, that is ridding the stomach and intestines of gas and acid in the digestion of fatty acids. Modern medicines recognise many of ginger’s time honoured virtues.

    One is that since ginger juice stimulates the secretion of digestive juices.,It helps digestion and prevents gas trouble. . Instead of drinking plain water,you can boil water with crushed ginger in it for some time and drink that water 3 to 4 times a day for a few days. All the above will be helpful for your stomach and gas problem.

  53. I have diarrohea every morning atleast 3-4 times. I am not sure ; but seems like I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The rest of the day is fine.

    Do you think Isabgul will help me ?


  54. hello. i am a practitioner of unani medicine .i want to ask about the process how isabgol lower’s cholestrol.

  55. hi sanjana i am 48 yrs and have since the last month put on 3kgs which is shocking for me. I exercise at least 5 days a week, walking running cycling weights etc, someone told me to take isabgol it will aid me in losing weight i have no constipation problems but may be heading towards menopause can you suggest what i do to keep in weight in check i am not a big or junk eater

  56. Hi Sanjana

    I am Dr Anjan , 42 yrs old . I have been having irritable bowel syndrome since long but it has aggravated for the past 2 yrs after comming to Canada. I pass stools 3 times a day, but most imp is i pass in a lot of flatus which is distressing. my diest has lot of fruts and curd , rice. Initiall i thought i had nut allergy then thought it could be fruit like Banana. soi tried minimising dairy, fruits but the i have the problem of internal piles which becomee painful with the each stool. i did a colonoscopy which was normal. still cannot figure what food i am intolerant as this excessive flatus is a new thing.
    Will Isabgol help/ what do u suggest in my case

  57. hi i have consipitation last 4 days after that i have kayamchurana then consipitation is gone but after that i have burning & pain in stomach please tell me what i need to do

  58. hi sanjana
    I took regular isabgoal but it is not working burning & pain is not going but pain or burning is pl going in night plz reply me

  59. At what time of the day, Isabgol shall be taken? Shall it be taken after dinner and before sleeping at night?

  60. Dear doctor sanjana i had a problem is in morning i want to go bathroom in two or three times and sometimes with mucus and i had take the test of stool and urine etc.but nothing prob in t had doctors say i had seen many doctor ,finally i had seen a surgen and he had give me medicine name rablet d and lactifiber is this will help for me sister……please reply as ur own brother ,,

  61. Hi Sanjana,

    Currently I am in UK suffering from anal fissure since last 1yr, I had visited doctor last year he suggested me to apply rectogesic, it has helped me a lot but haven’t cured completed, than in November I visited India were again I went to the doctor for an advise and he suggested me to take creamaffin before bed, and I must say this syrup has really helped me a lot and the pain has completely gone and the stools were normal. But I am really tensed that is creamaffin intake in a regular basis good for your body? So from last week I have stopped taking creamaffin and started taking isabgol at afternoon and at night, but now again it has started paining and hurting a lot, during my stool movement even though my stools are soft I need to put a lot of pressure initially which is really very painful. I do drink a lot of water and fiber food. Can you tell me why isabgol is not affecting as it should be? or is intake of creamaffin doesn’t harm your body?

  62. hi doctor,
    I am suffering for heart burns and constipation from several years but not regularly. Am i supposed to use isbagol. Can u plz suggest me some diet which helps me in getting out of this trouble. Life is getting more painful to me

  63. Hi Sanjana,
    I tried taking telephone isabgol and got solidly constipated. I drink a lot of water throught the day and there was no change in my diet.I am a fitness trainer with 16+ years in the fitness industry.Tried isabgol after reading about it’s benefits,but the result baffles me.Can you shed some light on this strange predicament please.

  64. Dear Amitabh,
    Sanjana is not a Doctor and certainly not a doctor of medicine. She’s a pretty dietitian in a lab coat. Wearing one does not make one a doctor. I’m surprised she hasn’t chosen to correct you. I’m sure she’s a qualified nutritionist and good at what she does but please don’t be lead to believe hers is a qualified medical opinion. This is in no way to demean her, just stating facts. Other than that her articles are quite informative. I’m sure she’s a wonderful dietitian.

  65. Hi Sanjana,

    Your blog is very informative. Very grateful to you for sharing the knowledge. My mother-in-law suffers from thyroid, high blood pressure and recently been diagnosed with Diabetes too. She’s been taking Isapgol for years for easy bowel movements but is unsure whether she can take it with her Diabetes tablets. Your advise will be highly appreciated. If you could recommend any other natural remedies for diabetes, I would be very grateful for your advice.

    Thank you,

  66. Hi Seema,

    Isabgol is safe with the medications for diabetes. In fact it helps to reduce blood sugars. But if she does experience low blood sugars, then I would ask you to reduce the intake of isabgol.

  67. iam 44 female with irritable bowel syndrome. Iam advised with isabgol. how long will it be safe to use this and wont it a habit

  68. I’m a 44 year male suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with occasional symptoms of Colitis (pain). Can regular Isabgol intake reduce my problems? Kindly acknowledge. Thanks.



  69. I’m 64 year male, suffering frm ibs . some time due to gases urine is blocked. mucus ,present in stool. How ISAPGOL will help. pl.advise what should be dsose?

  70. Thanks Sanjana ! for sharing this article.
    I wanted to know is, I’m suffering from constipation and acidity(heart burn,gas etc.)
    For these problems will ISAPGOl(Psyllium Husk) be beneficial, along with taking care of no reduction in weight at all.
    As I’m very thin, I want to gain weight, bt due to constipation, my body is not able to absorb the fats,proteins and required nutrients , no matter of plenty of water I’m drinking(1.5-3 liters daily)+juice+vegetables+fruits.

    Instead of taking all the required food for easy bowel movement, I’m failed.
    plz suggest me the way which can help me out.

  71. hi sanjana i m 44 year old . i have a high blood pressure from last 6 years . i take pills regular.
    is it any way i can take some of your advise to reduce my blood pressure.
    i belong to an indian origan, living in states.
    thank you

  72. hi..

    am 33 yrs old and my weight is 85kg ro reduce the weight i have started taking easbgol and taking morning between 10am to 12am ,4 to 6pm and 8pm to 10pm 2 tespo each time with 2 glass of water.

    Its tru that it prevents hunger but some times i fill heat in my stomck. also would like to inform you i have stoped taking dinner only taking 1 boul fat free corn flakes with milk and salad.

    REst breakfast and lunch i take it heavy. for suplimentry i have started rivital daily afternoon and evening alphalpha hoomeopathic tonic by dr retweaj.

    This practice am doing from last 14days but weight has not yet reduced. Pl advice on the same and advice am i on right track.

    pl awaiting your reply , also can send mail to me

  73. mam is isabgol completely safe during pregnancy. plz help me as i m in my first trimester of pregnancy and really troubled by severe constipation.

  74. Hi, I wanted to know if it is safe to give Isabgol to 7 yrs old kids? My son has been complaining of stomach ache, the doctors did all the tests and found some constipation… Though I am trying to give him papaya on a regular basis, I still wanted to consult you regarding the same… Thanks

  75. Hi, in order to reduce LDL, I am told that you should take Isabgol before lunch and before dinner. How much should one take? and how long before a meal should it be taken?

  76. Hi Sangana I am having a kidney stone & I am using homeopathic medicine & having ibs also….can I use isabgol with homeopathic medicine?

    thank u for ur advice

  77. i am 32 years old and i am having acidity problem. My doctor has prescribed omeparole tablet and i am currently consuming omeprazole tablets everyday for past five months. I was told by a friend that isabgol can be taken also. Does isabgol control acidity problem also? If i have acidity / heart burn problem, can i have isabgol?

  78. Hi,

    I am at my early 38 and 73 KG, since past 3 years i m having cholesterol and its been controlled by taking lettuce with every dinner.

    My concern is that, is cholesterol completely curable ? and will it lead to heart decease too?

    Sometimes i m having discomfort it my chest… ! how can i feel comfort ?

  79. Hi Sanjana…
    I am 25 year old and my weight is 65kg. can u help me out in reducing my weight with preferable diet. i am n intake of Isabgol daily. can u give me your suggestions please..

  80. Hi sanjana,
    My 4 yrs son suffering from constipation. I want to use isabgool on him is it safe for him? And how it use on him?

  81. I was constipated this morn. I remembered I had a box of isabgol in my cupborad. It was open an ive had it for 7 yrs ! No sell by date on it. Is it safe to use?

  82. grand daughter is hughly constipated n moves once in 8 to 10 days. Have started Isabgool since fifteen days n now moves once in three to four days . But since last twodays has got very bad runny nose n from today its blocked. Is it due to effect of Isabgool . Please advise soonest. Thanking you,

  83. Hi I m 31year old and suffering from thyroid from last 6 years. Someone told me taking isabgol every day helps reducing the thyroid. Is it true????? Can you help me

  84. Very informative! Some people say not to consume Isabgol tablets but do not know why tablets are bad. Can you please let me know why tablets should not be preferred

  85. Hello Sanjaya, my son is 12 years old and recently got ulcerative colitis and helicobacter. Many people told me to use Isbagol but I need to ask that how many times he can take it a day and will it help him or not. Thanks.

  86. Constipation problem.i use finger to remove feces waste.i need i go to toilet 5-6 times a day.problem is getting worse.what to do for natural feces movement.

  87. Mam I want to know that I m suffering from piles so how long should I use isabgol?does it has any side effects

  88. Sanjana ji,

    The article is very informative and helpful.

    Please let us know if Isabgol can be helpful in constipation of the elderly persons. If yes, how much Isabgol with what fluid and in what frequency should be tried. Should Isabgol be taken after food or before food.



  89. Hi mera name jasdeep ha ma isabgol sham ko 6 baje garm panee se leta hu par vo mera pate bahi saff kar raha mane dud se v liya tha or bed time v liya tha

  90. Since few days I have started consuming isabgol but I got acnes all over my face.. I have not taken any medicine in these few days. Also I have not used any new cosmetic too. I m not allergic to food items either. Is it possible that isabgol can be blamed for my acnes..

  91. Hi doctor i am suffering from anal fissure nowadays for the 1st time after having my c section on 13 july n it pains alot with a bit bleeding in stool my gyn recomend me tronolane but its not effective can i use ispagol and how to use it can i take wid warm milk at nite as my baby also on breast feed pls pls pls reply dear dr…..

  92. Mam mujhey isabgol lete 3 years ho gaye hain subah subah mere gastritis ki problem thi to ab kuch din se mera pet bahut bhari huya hain or acid bhi ban raha hain mam ab main kya karun please suggest me

  93. Dear Sanjana,
    Thank You for the wonderful article. I am 65 years old male with diabetes and chronic kidney disease stage 5. My potassium level is 5.4
    Is it safe to take isub gul vhusi in the morning before breakfast for me as a stage 5 ckd patient? I do not have IBS and problem passing stool. I am just curious whether isub gul vhusi will harm my kidney further more? Please suggest your valuable suggestions. Mohammad

  94. Hi Sanjana, I am 60+. Suffering from piles since last 15 years. Since last 6 months i am suffering from indigestion and hard stools. It causes prolapsation of hamaerhoids which causes pain and restlessness. Doctors suggested me operation. But I had a second thought. I started taking one teaspoonful of softovac. I pass stool easily. I sit in luke warm water tub three to four times a day. Hamaerhoids became soft and went inside easily. But I feel much weakness. Is it due to regular taking of softovac? I am afraid that if I stop taking softovac I may suffer from indigestion and hard stool. Please suggest remedy.

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