Psyllium is the name for a group of plants much used to make a kind of gel when mixed with water. Both the seeds of the plant and and their dry husks can be used, although I have only ever used the husks.
I first came across Psyllium husks as part of the Robert Grey Colon Cleansing program.
The Robert Grey Colon Cleansing is a superb way of gently helping your body detox and can be the first step in any full body detox.
The Psyllium husks are powdered and must be mixed with an adequate amount of water. Then it swells up and frankly looks pretty unappealing I must say, but since there is little to no taste, is quite easy to take.
Psyllium seeds and husks have been used since ancient times in the Naturopathic medical tradition of India, Ayurveda, as part of overall detox treatments.
More recently Psyllium and more specifically psyllium husks have been incorporated in colon cleansing products and even in high fibre foods
The effect of using Psyllium may be compared to having a gentle sponge going through the intestines. In particular since psyllium is fibre it is not digested by the stomach or small intestine and arrives in the colon or large intestine intact.
it is important to take psyllium husk drinks between meals or the psyllium and water gel will absorb the nutrients of the meals and push them out of the body.
Another practical point is that you will feel very full when using Herbal colon cleansing using psyllium and find that your appetite is reduced. Because psyllium husks absorb a lot of water and swell you will notice the difference in your midriff, but you will quickly lose the bulge when you stop the programme!
The effect of the Psyllium itself may be compared to a poultice. The psyllium is a moist herbal application just like a bandage or cloth soaked in a herbal formula. The gentle healing effect on the lining of the large intestine is anti-inflammatory and cleansing.
And doing this for several weeks, which is typical for what we might call, “Psyllium Therapy” can have a major healing effect on a colon suffering from parasite damage or poor diet.
Psyllium is not a silver bullet, healing is about holistic treatment and not isolated remedies however good they are. But Psyllium used along side detox herbs and supplements designed to support the liver, kidneys and lymph is a powerful part of a thorough full body detoxification.
And if you think that drinking a mix of psyllium and water unappealing then start with a very small amount of powder and slowly get up to the recommended amount. And try mixing it with tomato juice – that’s my favourite way to take my Psyllium.
Image Attribution: thanks to Bastique (Cary Bass) for the photo