If you are suffering from hemorrhoids, chances are you seek ways to home treat such
condition. Among the reasons why home treatment is the preferred mode for a number
of sufferers is the embarrassment associated with the condition. You do not want
other people to know that you have hemorrhoids. Apart from that, it is very inconvenient
to be lining up at your doctors office when you have much difficulty walking and
sitting down because of your flaring bottom.
Fortunately, there are a number home remedies that have been proven to be effective
and safe. These remedies have been used for some time already and are even recommended
by physicians themselves. Among the herbs usually used, Psyllium is among the very
popularly used and recommended.
What Is Psyllium?
Psyllium is an annual, short – stemmed plant that bears white flowers and an ovate
fruit. The plant is native in India and Iran but is now grown in many other tropical
countries around the globe for its medicinal properties. It is also known as blond
psyllium or ispaghula.
How Psyllium Works to Prevent Hemorrhoids?
The seeds are pinkish, sometimes, grayish brown and is the main part of the plant
that is used in herbal medicine. Each seed is encased in a husk that is bereft of
taste and odor. The seeds, with its husks, have the ability to absorb water and grow
in a considerably big size thus forming a bulk inside the intestines.
This property makes psyllium and ideal herbal bulk laxative. Bowel movement and excretion
is triggered by the presence of the bloated psyllium seeds in the large intestines.
The soluble fiber present in the seeds also softens the stool and making them easy
For these reasons, patients suffering from hemorrhoids are given this herbal laxative
to prevent constipation. Hard stools might cause further harm to the affected area
and new fissures might develop which could aggravate the condition. There are also
claims that psyllium supplements help in greatly reducing pain and bleeding associated
with hemorrhoids. However, this could be largely due to the ease in bowel movement
that is the immediate and most obvious effect of taking psyllium.
How To Use Psyllium?
It is very hard to find a psyllium plant in your or your neighbor’s garden, as this
is mainly grown in tropical countries. However, there are psyllium supplements that
are largely available over the countries in drug stores across the United States.
They are marketed under the brand names Fiberaal, Konsyl, Serutan, Modane Bulk and
The various brands have differing fiber content and is therefore wise to read dosage
instructions before deciding how much to take in a day and for how long. Usually,
these supplements provide all your dietary fiber needs so there is no need for other
fiber supplements when taking psyllium.
The laxative effect of psyllium depends much on its ability to absorb large amounts
of water from the body. Thus, it is very important to take adequate amount of water
to compensate for the fluid loss when taking psyllium. It is generally recommended
that you take in one – half ounce of water for each pound of your weight per day
when taking psyllium to avoid dehydration.