Sanskrit: Íshabgol, Snigdhajírá
English: Ispaghula or Spogel Seeds
Latin: Plantago ispagula; P. ovata Forsk.
Part Used: Seeds
Habitat: Throughout India
Energetics: Cold, astringent VPK=
Action: Demulcent, emollient, laxative, diuretic
Uses: Excellent for constipation (with warm water) and diarrhea (with cold water). Seed swell and thicken (mucilage) when soaked in water. It passes through the small intestine undigested, lining the mucus membrane (demulcifying and lubricating). May inhibit intestinal organism growth. The thickened jelly absorbs toxins (áma) and bacteria.
It is useful for catarrh, chronic dysentery, intestinal problems, bladder, kidney and urethra problems (including inflammations and burning), digestive disorders, and fevers. Further uses include gonorrhea, gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, cystitis, a demulcent for coughs and colds (especially for children).
Preparation: 1-2 tbs. in warm or cold water, stirred until it thickens into a gel