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Isabgol: Home Remedy for Constipation

Updated on January 24, 2010

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To stay healthy, people should watch what goes in to the body and more importantly what comes out of the body. The colon, also known as the large intestine, regulates the digestion and should be well taken care of. Constipation is one of the major problems that affect the colon. Straining during a bowel movement or a sense of not being completely empty following a bowel movement or a sense of blockage or lumpy or hard stool may be the symptoms of constipation. Having less than three bowel movements may also indicate constipation. It is very important that people have regular bowel movements to stay healthy. Constipation may lead to major health issues and has severe consequences. It is so easy to avoid constipation altogether by watching what goes in to the body. If you consume enough fiber everyday, you should not have constipation problems and do not even to have to read this article. Most people do not have enough fiber in their diet and this is a simple way to supplement your fiber deficient diet.

One of the simple most effective and least expensive ways to avoid constipation is regular intake of Isabgol. One spoonful (about 10 grams) of Isabgol twice a day (once in the morning and once at night) will keep your bowel movements smooth and regular. It is very important that you intake plenty of fluids when taking Isabgol. Read below to see why.

Isabgol has been described as a gentle laxative, cooling and diuretic and so it is a great home remedy for constipation. It can be taken to supplement a fiber deficient diet. Mix a spoonful of Isabgol with a glass of water, fruit juice or milk and drink it immediately. You can do it up to three times a day depending on what you need. Isabgol is also known as Psyllium husks.


Any kind of bulking laxatives including Isabgol (psyllium husks) should not be taken if you have intestinal ulcers or other stomach inflammations. Consult with your doctor before taking Isabgol if you have any of these stomach problems. Isabgol should not be used if the person has vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. It is not recommended to take Isabgol along with any other medication, as the desired effects of the other medication will be reduced.


This article is for general information only and should not be taken as medical advice. Consult your medical doctor to see if this will work for you.

All about Isabgol:

Isabgol has been used as a laxative for centuries, especially in India to treat constipation. Sat Isabgol is a natural vegetable product that contains the husk of seeds of the plantago ovata, popularly known as isabgol. Sat Isabgol is the perfect natural laxative and has been used for constipation treatments successfully.

Isabgol is a bulk laxative which means that isabgol forms bulk on swelling. Isabgol contains large quantities of a gelatinous substance, which absorbs water and due to its enhanced swelling properties, forms an emollient gel that facilitates the passage of intestinal contents and stimulates bowel movement. Isabgol does not affect the absorption of other nutrients. It is not absorbed by the digestive system and passes unchanged through the intestines. Therefore the action of isabgol is purely mechanical, as it relieves constipation by mechanically stimulating bowel movement. In addition,Isabgol absorbs bacterial and other toxins in the intestines. In short, Sat Isabgol works partly by lubrication and partly by increasing the bulk of the intestinal contents, which stimulates bowel movement.


Stomach health Info

Isabgol benefits:

  • Constipation treatment: In its purest form, Isabgol is nature's highest soluble fiber. This fiber is different from the other type of fibers such as wheat bran and cellulose, which are insoluble. Helps cure chronic constipation and reduces strain during bowel movements.
  • Isabgol controls diarrhea, dysentery or loose motions
  • Isabgol moistens hard stools and eliminates the burning sensation after defecation.
  • Lower cholesterol: Isabgol can lower your cholesterol by up to 20% in only 8 weeks. The fiber present in Isabgol helps to control the blood cholesterol levels. Isabgol forms a thin layer on the intestines and prevents the absorption of cholesterol in to the arteries.
  • It regulates the blood glucose levels and insulin
  • It reduces the absorption of fats and glucose.
  • Isabgol cleans the gastro intestinal tract by removing the toxins present there along with the bulked up excretion
  • Isabgol helps to prevent indigestion and flatulence
  • Isabgol prevents lethargy and gives a feeling of well being and good health.
  • Isabgol is not absorbed by the body thus there are no harmful side effects and it is a pure Ayurvedic medicine. Other mineral-based liquid paraffin may cause malignant diseases of the colon.
  • Very inexpensive

In my personal opinion, never ever take chemical laxatives that are available over the counter. It may give you quick relief, but Ayurvedic medicines like Isabgol is safe and has no side effects and are not habit forming and instead of just avoiding the symptoms, Isabgol regulates your digestion and really helps to cure constipation problems.

Isabgol can usually be bought from your local health store or any Indian grocery store.


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      Parul Srivastava 23 months ago from Lucknow,India

      Very interesting hub !

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      Amy 3 years ago

      I have suffered from ibs for a couple of years. Best treatment isabgol

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      Sahil 4 years ago

      Im taking homeopathy For piles and bleeding ... Before this i was taking isabgol regularly .. Can i still take isabgol during homeopathy

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      shailendra 5 years ago

      my son has by mistake swallowed a dice, will isabgol help to get it out.

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      Sonya 5 years ago

      I am a diabedic, have high colestral, high blood pressure,i am bipoler,and have acid reflex is this good for me and how should i take it

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      Raj 6 years ago

      Best Medicine for Constipation is sat isabgol. Take a some milk and mix two spoon isabgol and drink a glass milk and take it continue for seven days best result.

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      madhuri 6 years ago

      i have fissure problem. and i am taking stool softner as well . is it ok to take a sat isbgol by mixing in hot milk.

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      Balbir singh 6 years ago

      sat isbgol is the best for constipation and all stomach problesm. best best o.k.

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      BL Samarasinghe 6 years ago

      Please can you send me the address/ no of your agent in Colombo,Sri Lanka, from whom I could buy Sat Isabghol, or if you don't have an agent in here, please inform me as how to imoort it

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      Laxman jadhav 6 years ago

      it is better remedy for constipation

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      Abhishek 6 years ago

      i have problem of fissure. i bleed during defecation due to hard motion . should i take isabgol? i m following homeopathy treatment . Dr. advised me to go for it. But i m scared

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      Salman Khan UAE 6 years ago

      Oh,isabgol i have good experience it is very good for health try to use daily.

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      opinionated 6 years ago

      If ur colon is clean and u have a healthy digestive system it automatically cures ur acne problem. But u need to scrub ur external body also once a week to remove dirt.

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      JohnnyFlex 6 years ago

      I just heard this Isabgol but looks interesting...

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      hemant , dibai 6 years ago

      isabgol is the best medicien of constipation , itake it ragularly

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      jamiesweeney 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Isabgol? this is helpful.

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      aiza mangubat 6 years ago

      is isagbol can help loose weight?

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      Legi Pothen 6 years ago

      I have tried Isabgol husk (2 teaspoons dissolved in one glass of water before bedtime), and found very useful against constipation. The brand name available is FYBOGEL.

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      meena 6 years ago

      i am on med for acid reflux and low iron,is it ok for me to take isabagol ?

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      meena 6 years ago

      how do you take isabagol ?

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      ramita 7 years ago

      Is it good to take isabagol with water in case of constipation???

      please advise me....

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      Jaman 7 years ago

      this is so good....

      i used to have terrible gas and now taking it for 3 days , digestion is restored...

      Simply great..

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      joliena 7 years ago

      i cant take psyllium. Is there something else? Plz i am always constipated. I had myself checked and was told to change my diet. But im too thin to be giving up carbs.

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      Mohan Singh Bisht 7 years ago

      Was sffring from diarrhea medicine could not help.While taking isabgol its become ok.

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      Health Store 7 years ago

      I have been taking Isabgol because I have constipation problems but did not know that it also provides a lot more benefits nice Hub seanraj

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      nafisa 7 years ago

      i have acne someone told me sat isabgol is very good for minor acne is it true help???

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      aniket 7 years ago

      i got a good reliefe when i visited healing hands clinic

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      Cyril S Soans 7 years ago

      I am a diabetic patient I take Novmix injection (insulin) 15 units twice a day. Also I am a heart patient (double valve replacement)I also take many tablets like Acitrom 8mg, Digoxin, Calaptin, ditide for BP, Zetitor for Cholestrol. Presently I am suffering from constipation, I started taking Isabgol a teaspoon in the night. But I am afraid is Isabgol contains Starch ? please advise me

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      Home Remedies 8 years ago

      Excellent and very nice hub here, and i agree that,Isabgol has been used as a laxative for centuries, especially in India to treat constipation. Sat Isabgol is a natural vegetable product that contains the husk of seeds of the plantago ovata, popularly known as isabgol.

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      Roberta - Therapist 8 years ago

      Very important information. There are a couple of other constipation home remedies that could be considered: