Psyllium Husk Powder- Energetic Classification
Many people have asked me about the energetic character of psyllium husk, as it is a popular remedy for sluggish bowels.
Although I am not as willing as I used to be to experiment on myself, I decided to try this as I get this question so often.
The recommended dosage varies anywhere from ½ to 2 tsp added to 8 oz of water or juice, taken 1-3 times a day.
I decided to be extra cautious, as I am a Lesser Yang constitution and tend to be quite sensitive to any foods that don’t align with my energetic profile. This is because I have followed my nutritional program for so many years.
So I took ¼ tsp in 8 oz of water, mid-afternoon.
When I went to bed that night I began to feel my energy moving up into my head, which gradually turned into a headache. (It is extremely rare for me to have a headache.) This prevented me from sleeping so I got up and drank some barley tea and ate a few dried cranberries, which have cooling energy, to offset the headache. When I got up I realized I was quite dizzy. As I got to the kitchen I had to grab hold of the counter to keep from falling over.
Conclusion: Psyllium husk is warming.
My symptoms were all indications that the psyllium had heated my stomach and depleted my kidney energy. I normally never experience these symptoms of headaches or dizziness.
This means that if you are a Yang constitution, psyllium husk is not recommended for you.
If you are a Yin constitution with cold stomach/spleen energy, and excessive kidney energy, psyllium husk powder will be very suited to you as a short-term solution to constipation.
If you find that you have to rely on it frequently then we need to meet for a Follow-up consultation and go over your eating habits. Constipation can be resolved over the long term by adjusting your proportions of warming and neutral foods.