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Plantago ovata  Forseek

   

Botanical Name

:

Plantago ovata Forseek

English Name

:

Isphagul seeds, Psyllium

Synonym(s)

:

Plantago ispaghula, Plantago decumbens

Family

:

Plantaginaceae

 

General Info

Description

A stemless or sub-caulescent soft, hairy annual. Leaves are narrowly linear or filiform, entire or distantly toothed; flowers are in cylindrical or ovoid spikes; capsules are ellipsoid, 8 mm. long, obtuse, the upper half coming off as a blunt conical lid, membranous, glabrous; seeds are ovoid-oblong, 3 mm long boat-shaped, smooth, yellowish brown.

Herb Effects

Anticholesterolemic, demulcent, laxative, emollient.

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Aucubin, fructose, linoleic acid, myristic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, tyrosine, xylose (seed); tannin (plant)

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Xylose 25990-60-7 oxane-2,3,4,5-tetrol C5H10O5 Click Here To Enlarge
Aucubin 479-98-1 2-[[9-hydroxy-7-(hyd
roxymethyl)-4-oxabic
yclo[4.3.0]nona-2,7-
dien-5-yl] oxy]-6-(
hydroxymethyl)oxane-
3,4,5-triol
C15H22O9 Click Here To Enlarge
Tannin 1401-55-4 Not Available C27H22O18 Click Here To Enlarge
Fructose 30237-26-4 2,5-bis(hydroxymethy
l)oxolane-2,3,4-trio
l
C6H12O6 Click Here To Enlarge
Linoleic acid 8024-22-4 Octadeca-9,12-dienoi
c acid
C18H32O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Myristic Acid Not Available Hexane C6H14 Click Here To Enlarge
Oleic acid 8046-01-3 octadec-9-enoic acid C18H34O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Palmitic acid 66321-94-6 Hexadecanoic acid C16H32O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Stearic acid 82497-27-6 octadecanoic acid C18H36O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Tyrosine 556-02-5 2-amino-3-(4-hydroxy
phenyl)-propanoic
acid
C9H11NO3 Click Here To Enlarge
Xylose 25990-60-7 Oxane-2,3,4,5-tetrol C5H10O5 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

In the treatment of dysentery, catarrhal conditions of the genito-urinary tract, inflamed membranes of the intestinal canal etc.A decoction of seeds is prescribed in cough and cold, and the crushed seeds made into a poultice are applied to rheumatic and glandular swelling.

Contraindication

Stenosis of the gastrointestinal tract. Obstruction or threatening obstruction of the bowel. Difficulties in regulating diabetes mellitus. Diabetics who are insulin-dependent may need to reduce their insulin dosage while using psyllium seeds.

Reference

Voderholzer et al., Am J Gastroenterol, 1997 92(1), 95.


Anderson JW, Allgood LD, Turner J, et al. Effects of psyllium on glucose and serum lipid responses in men with type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia. Am J Clin Nutr 1999;70:466-473.

Bliss DZ, Jung HJ, Savik K, et al. Supplementation with dietary fiber improves fecal incontinence. Nurs Res 2001;50:203-213.

Voderholzer WA, Schatke W, Muhldorfer BE,et al. Clinical response to dietary fiber treatment of chronic constipation. Am J Gastroenterol 1997;92:95-98.

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