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Psyllium has been used in connection with the following conditions
IN CHOLESTEROL CONTROL: The content has cellulose fibre, which is responsible for decreasing the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream. They also add the filling of fullness without adding calories.
IN DIABETES:The fibre content reduces the release of dietary sugar from the digestive tract into the blood stream, thus assisting in the stabilization of blood sugar level.
IN COLON CANCER: Insoluble fibre content dilutes cancer-causing bile acids or moves feces out of the colon more quickly, hence it reduces contact-time of feces in digestive system reducing chances of producing carcinogens (cancer-causing substance).
ETHNOBOTANICAL / TRADITIONAL USES: It has also been used in traditional herbal systems of India and China to treat diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, bladder problems, Diverticular diseases, Urinary disorder, Coronary heart diseases and high blood pressure. Psyllium was also used topically to treat skin irritations, including poison ivy reactions and insect’s bits and stings.