Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Psyllium
Part of A Practical Guide to Herbal Therapies for People Living With HIV
Psyllium, because it is a fibre, may also help lower cholesterol levels. No psyllium studies have looked specifically at the cholesterol problems associated with HIV treatments, although a study of diabetic men (who didn't require insulin) with high cholesterol levels showed that psyllium twice a day for eight weeks lowered cholesterol levels.
Psyllium can be purchased as ground seed and taken with water. It can also be purchased in nutrition bars. People taking psyllium should be sure to drink lots of water to prevent it from causing blockage in the intestine. Psyllium interferes with the absorption of other herbs or drugs because it slows the passage of food through the intestine. Wait an hour or two after other treatments before taking psyllium.
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