Jess says: Psyllium husk is a safe, natural and effective fibre that can revolutionise your digestion. This is probably one of the products I recommend the most to patients with digestive problems, including IBS, bowel disease, constipation or diarrhoea. 

It’s also great as a support alongside a healthy diet for losing weight and helping blood sugars in diabetics. I’ve seen it work wonderfully in my patients and it is a favourite for our family to keep everyone ‘regular’ and help stomach aches in the children. A wide range of clinical evidence is now backing up the effectiveness of psyllium husk. 

Psyllium husk is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, to help both diarrhoea and constipation. Psyllium (Plantago ovata/psyllium seed), or Isphagula husk has been used in Ayurvedic medicine (known as Isabgol) for thousands of years. Traditionally, it is taken to help ease both constipation and diarrhoea, and to help relieve bleeding haemorrhoids. It’s also used in traditional Indian medicine for dry coughs, where it is difficult to bring up sputum.

Psyllium is now much more widely used in conventional, alternative and functional medicine and there are over 100 clinical trials showing its benefits, and it is shown to be very safe. When taken for a year, a trial showed very few adverse effects (and these were mild), suggesting psyllium is a safe, long-term treatment for a range of conditions1.

it has been shown to be effective for the treatment of diarrhoea

Psyllium, given to patients who had drug-induced diarrhoea significantly improved…