Plantago ovata Forssk.

Primary Characteristics

Primary Characteristics

Plantago ovata Forssk. is aslo known as Plantago decumbens Forssk., Plantago ispaghula Roxb., belongs to Plantaginaceae, family.
The Arabic Name for this herb is Lisan al-Hamal.
The English Names for this herb are Blond Psyllium, Plantain, Psyllium Husk, Spogel.
The Urdu Names for this herb are Barhang, Ispaghul, Ispango, Khardanick, Sangpara, Shkampara.

Pharmacological Actions

The pharmacological Actions of Plantago ovata Forssk. are Anti-asthmatic, Anti-bilious, Anti-diarrhoeal, Anti-dysenteric, Anti-gonorrhoeal, Anti-hypertensive, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-rheumatic, Astringent, Bacteriostatic, Cooling, Demulcent, Diuretic, Emollient, Glutinous, Laxative, Local Anaesthetic, Lubricant, Refrigerant, Resolvent, Sedative, Tonic.


The Indications of Seeds of Plantago ovata Forssk. are Dysentery, Chronic Affection, Blood Ailments, Enteritis, Urethritis, Amoebic Dysentery, Bacillary Dysentery, Diarrhoea, Gonorrhoea, Inflammations, Catarrhal Affections, Dry Cough, Rheumatic Swellings, Fever, Biliousness, Thirst, Glandular Swellings, Laryngitis, Urinary Burning Sensation, Chronic Constipation.

The Indications of Husk of Plantago ovata Forssk. are Intestinal Affections, Dysentery.

The Indications of Decoction (seed) of Plantago ovata Forssk. are Cough, Cold.

The Indications of Infusion (seed) of Plantago ovata Forssk. are Urethritis, Burning Sensation.

No Contra Indication information is available for Plantago ovata Forssk..


The Temperament of Plantago ovata Forssk. is 2nd order, cold and moist.

Available Brands

BrandManufacturer/Mnf. Representative
Sufoof zaryanHamdard laboratories Waqf Bangladesh

Compound Preparations

Plantago ovata Forssk. is used in the preparation of Dayaquza, Laooq Ab Naishakarwala, Laooq Biihdana, Marham Dakhliyun, Qurs Tabasheer Kafuri, Sherbet Arzani compounds.


Whole HerbN/A
Husk3.000g - 6.000gN/A
Seeds3.000g - 12.000gN/A

Herb's Description

Plantago ovata Forssk.. A stemless or sub-caulescent soft hairy or woolly annual herb. Leaves narrowly linear or filiform, entire or distantly toothed, flowers in cylindric or ovoid spikes; capsules ellipsoid, 8 mm long, obtuse, the upper half coming off as a blunt conical lid, membranous, glabrous; seeds ovoid-oblong, 3 mm long, boat-shaped, smooth, yellowish-brown

Taste Odor & Occurrence

Occurence: It is native of Mediterranean Region .
Odor: The odor of Seeds of Plantago ovata Forssk. is Odourless
Seeds: Tasteless,Mucilagenous


No information regarding Plantago ovata Forssk.'s substitute is currently available.

Active Constituents

Plantago ovata Forssk.'s Active constituents:


No information regarding Plantago ovata Forssk.'s antidot is currently available.

Warning & Precautions

In excessive doses may cause nervous weakness,joints pain,decreased appetite.Unlike the husk,the seeds are largely indigestible,and hence their retention in the intestine may form a nucleus for mechanical obstruction.


Currently no Toxicity information is available for Plantago ovata Forssk.. (work in progress)