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Isabgol: Plantago ovata

Useful in burning sensation and excessive thirst

Increases body strength

Useful in management of diarrhea and dysentery

Lower serum total cholesterol

Enhances formation of urine thus helps in elimination of wastes from the body

Reduces the pain and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids

Common Name:
Spogel seeds

Sanskrit Name:

  • Ishadgola: As its seeds are somewhat like ovum in shape
  • Aswakarna beeja: As its seeds are similar to the shape of the ear of horse
  • Sheetabeeja
  • Ishwargola
  • Isabgol

Lt. Name:
Plantago ovata – Plantaginaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste) – Madhura (Sweet)
  • Guna (Characteristics) - Snigdha (Unctuous); Guru (Heavy); Pichchhila (Sticking)
  • Veerya (Potency) – Sheeta (Cold)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect) - Madhura (Sweet)

Chemical composition of Isabgol:
Isabgol seeds contain 30 % mucilage. It also contains xylose, arabinose, galaecturonic acid, Rhanose, galactose, albumin, tannin and acetylecoline. The seeds pulp contains 14.7 % lilonic acid. Besides this it contains 5 % stable oil.

Effect of  Isabgol on Tridoshas:
Isabgol pacifies Vata and Pitta Doshas so it can be used in diseases which are of Vata/ Pitta or Vata- Pitta origin.

Therapeutic Uses of Isabgol in Ayurveda:

  • Mutrajananam: Isabgol enhances formation of urine thus helps in elimination of wastes from the body
  • Daha Trishnaharam: Isabgol is useful in burning sensation and excessive thirst.
  • Balyam: Isabgol increases body strength.
  • Pravahika- Atisarahara: Isabgol is useful in management of diarrhea and dysentery
  • Jwaraghnam: Isabgol is useful in fever.

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Medicinal value of Isabgol:

  • Recent study shows that use in high fiber breakfast cereals containing Isabgol are effective in reducing cholesterol. Several studies point to a cholesterol reduction attributed to a diet that includes dietary fiber such as Isabgol
  • Research also indicates that Isabgol incorporated into food products is more effective at reducing blood glucose response than use of a soluble fiber supplement that is separate from the food.
  • Isabgol is found to lower serum total cholesterol by 8.9%, LDL cholesterol by 13% and all-day and post lunch postprandial glucose where lowered by 11% and 19.2% after 8 weeks of 5.1 gm Isabgol in a randomized controlled study of 34 men with type-2 diabetes. (Pubmed - Anderson 1999)
  • A double-blind trial reported that 7 grams of Isabgol, an herb high in fiber, taken three times daily reduced the pain and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids. (Moesgaard F, Nielsen ML, Hansen JB, Knudsen JT. High-fiber diet reduces bleeding and pain in patients with hemorrhoids. Dis Colon Rectum 1982;25:454–6).
  • Decreases in total cholesterol (3.2%), LDL (5.4%) was found at 16.5 gm/day dosage of Isabgol for 3 months in study with 83 hypercholesterolaemia patients. (Pubmed - Tai 1999)
  • Chronic constipation was improved by taking Isabgol, 15-30 gm/day for 6 weeks in a study of 149 patients (Pubmed - Voderholzer 1997)
  • Alabaster O, Tang ZC, Frost A, Sivapurkar N. Potential synergism between wheat brain and Isabgol: enhanced inhibition of colon cancer. Cancer Lett. 1993;75:53–58. 
  • Rehydration of children with acute diarrheal diseases was faster thanWHO-ORS (5.3 hr, n=117), with 50gm/liter of Isabgol powder and 3.5 gm/liter NaCl (4.9 hr, n=121). (Pubmed - Arias 1997)

Possible Adverse Effects:

  • Possible adverse reactions include allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis, especially among those who have had regular exposure to Isabgoldust. Gastrointestinal tract obstruction may occur, especially for those with prior bowel surgeries or anatomic abnormalities, or if taken with inadequate amounts of water.
  • The study was conducted on eleven healthy non-anemic adolescent girls of 16 to 18 years of age. Balance studies were conducted in two trials of three weeks each on low and high fiber diets. High fiber diet contained 25 g Isabgol husk in addition to low fiber diet. The mean diet and nutrient intakes of the subjects were approximately the same during both trials. Addition of Isabgol husk to low fiber diet significantly (P0.05) increased fecal excretion of zinc, copper and manganese and lowered their apparent retention. The serum levels of these trace minerals decreased significantly (P0.05). Thus the high level of Isabgol has undesirable effect on trace minerals.
      • Asha Kawatra, C. M. Bhat and Asha Arora Department of Foods and Nutrition, Haryana Agricultural University, 125 004 Hisar, Haryana, India

Useful part of Isabgol:
Seed and seed covering

Doses of Isabgol:

5 – 10 gm


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