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An annual herb, the seeds of which contain alkaloids, glycosides, mucilage, silica and tannins. Psyllium is believed to be antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and expectorant; it is used internally as a bulk laxative and for bronchitis, diarrhoea and cystitis, and topically for cuts, stings, insect bites, haemorrhoids and varicose veins.
Psyllium powder may evoke an allergic reaction, and unsoaked seeds may cause gastrointestinal discomfort; it should not be used in young children, or in pregnancy (as it stimulates uterine contraction).
n See plantain.
a large genus of plants in the family Plantaginaceae.
a plant whose seeds resemble fleas. Used at one time as a flea repellent. See also psyllium.
a common weed of native pastures providing scant feed. Called also plaintain and sometimes lamb's tongue, a name best reserved for Chenopodium spp., which have a potential to cause oxalate poisoning.