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Flax Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Linum Usitatissimum
Hindi Name
Alsi, Tease
Chinese Name
Da Hu Ma
Homeopathic Name
Linum Usitatissimum   -   Mother Tincture

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Flax Cures


Action of Flax

Nutrients in Flax

Highly Effective

Nature of


Parts Used

Flowers, Seeds, Seed Oil

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Flax

It may cause Nausea, Heartburn, Diarrhea.

Excess use may cause Hormonal Imbalance.
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Flax is a plant.
It is an annual plant.
It grows up to 120 Cm.
It grows in a temperate climate.
It belongs to Linaceae family.
Best used for Constipation.

In TCM :
Flax Seed : Ya Ma Zi
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Materia Medica for Flax

Single Herb

Flax for Arthritis

Add 2 tablespoons of Flax or Flax oil in your daily diet.
Note: Do not heat or cook seeds or oil.
Make an infusion of Flax seed powder. Take it, twice a day.

Flax for Cough

Make a decoction of Flax flowers. Add Honey to it. Have it two times a day.

Flax for Tuberculosis

Make an infusion of Flax powder. Add Lime juice to it. Have it two times a day .

Flax for Constipation

Take 1-2 teaspoons of Flax seed powder with water, twice a day .

Flax Seed for Skin

Take Flax Seed Oil. Massage your face with this oil daily.

Flax for Bradycardia

Flaxseed oil is used to treat Bradycardia. Prepare your food in Flaxseed oil.

Flax for Wrinkles

Take 4 tsp Flax Seed oil per day.

Flax seed for Glioblastoma Multiforme

Take 1/4 small bowl of Cheese and mix it with 1 tablespoon Flaxseed oil. Have two times a day.

Flax Seed for Breast Pain

Grind the Flax Seed to make powder. Use this powder in your every meal.
Note : Do not cook the Flax Seed or its powder.

Flax For Parkinson's Disease

Add at least 1 tablespoon Flaxseed oil in your breakfast..

Flax Seeds ( Alsi ) for Bronchitis

Boil 1 cup Flax seeds in a cup of water. Cool. Use it as a poultice on Chest.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Swelling

Use Flax seed oil on the swollen parts for massage. It is best used for Facial Edema.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Goiter

Make paste of Flax seeds by adding some water in it. Warm and apply on the swelling.
OR : Massage the neck using Flaxseed oil.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Constipation

Take one tablespoon of Flax with a glass of water to remove Constipation.

Flaxseed ( Alsi ) for Warts

Grind Flaxseed in Flaxseed oil. Add a little amount of Honey to it. Bandage over the affected area. Repeat the process till it fades away.
Boil 1 tsp Flax seeds in a cup of water. Drink it once a day.

Flaxseeds for Depression

Take a tablespoon of Flaxseed daily.

Flaxseed ( Alsi ) for ADHD

Use Flaxseed oil in daily diet.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Liver Diseases

Take half teaspoon Flax ( Alsi ) in your diet in any form.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Angina

Have one teaspoon oil of Flax ( Alsi ) seeds two times a day.

Flax ( Alsi ) Seeds for Tetanus

Powder Flax ( Alsi ) Seeds. Add one tablespoon powdered Flax ( Alsi ) Seeds in a cup of Yogurt. Have it once a day.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Iritis

Eat one teaspoon Flax ( Alsi ) with breakfast.

Flax seed ( Alsi ) for Hypothyroidism

Take a teaspoon of Flax seed with a glass of water.
Or: Prepare an infusion of Flax seed. Drink before taking breakfast.

Flax Seed ( Alsi ) for Constipation

Have some seeds of Flax ( Alsi ) with warm water on an empty stomach in the morning.
OR : Add Flax Seeds in your food every morning.

Flax seeds as Memory Enhancer

Make a decoction of Flax Seeds . Have a cup once a day.

Flax ( Alsi ) Seeds for Joint Pain

Grind Flax ( Alsi ) Seeds. Include one tablespoon in your daily diet in any form.

Flax Seed for High Blood Pressure

Use Flax Seed oil in your cooking.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Massage the hands with Flax seed oil twice a day.

Flaxseed ( Alsi ) for Eyes

Make decoction of Flaxseed ( Alsi ). Dip a piece of cloth in the decoction when bearable hot. Put it on your Eyes. You may use it as an Eye wash.

Flaxseeds for Biopolar Disorder

Take a tablespoon of Flaxseed daily.

Flaxseeds for Alzheimer disease

Take a tablespoon of Flaxseeds daily.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Difficult Menses

Take 2-3 tablespoons of Flax ( Alsi ) seeds daily during your menstrual cycle.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Endometriosis

Soak 3-4 tablespoon Flax ( Alsi ) seeds in a cup of water at night. Filter and drink next morning.

Flaxseed ( Alsi ) for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Flaxseeds ( Alsi in India ) contain Lignans. It restricts the secretion of testosterone in the blood and balances the Androgen level.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of crushed Flaxseeds in a glass of water. Drink it daily for 2 months.
OR : Add Flaxseeds in smoothies, soups and salads.

Flax ( Alsi ) for Macromastia

Omega 3 Fatty Acid present in Flax ( Alsi in India ) helps to reduce the estrogen level in the body. This helps to reduce the Breast size and treats Macromastia.
Crush one tablespoon of Flax seeds. Mix it in a glass of warm water. Stir well. Drink it once daily.

Flax for Hair Fall

Consume one to two tablespoons of ground Flax seeds with a glass of fresh water every morning to stop the hair fall.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Flaxseed powder over a salad. You can also consume it with one glass of water.

Flax for Colon Polyps

Add 2 teaspoons of Flaxseeds in your daily diet.

Flaxseed for Pulmonary Fibrosis

It is rich in essential fatty acids. It improves the Blood circulation in the body. Blood supplies oxygen and essential nutrients to the Lungs. Hence it improves the Lungs functionality and repairs the scared tissues.
Eat raw seeds of Flax or Massage with Flax seed oil.

Flax Seeds for Sexual Health

Take 50 gm of Flax Seeds and roast them. Grind it and add sugar candy in it. Have half a tablespoon of it with a glass of warm Milk. It is good for Sexual Debility, Premature Ejaculation and Watery Semen. It also helps in Impotence.
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Herbal Treatment For Pneumonia 2

Take extract of sesame seeds . Add one tablespoon of Flax powder and one tea spoon of honey in it. Have it two times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Heavy Metal Poisoning 2

Take 4 cloves of Garlic, hand full of Brazil Nut, 1/3 cup of Sunflower, 4 table spoons of Pumpkin seeds, 2 cups Coriander, 60 ml of Flax oil, 4 tablespoons of Lemon juice and 2 teaspoon Dulse powder. Mix them and grind. Add salt according to taste. Take one tablespoon daily for 15 days, every 6 months.

Herbal Treatment For Flatulence 8

Take One teaspoon each of Fennel seeds, Fenugreek Seeds and Flax seeds. Boil in 3 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain and drink. This tea can be used for all problems of stomach.

Herbal Treatment For Liver Diseases 1

Add One tablespoon each of Flax seeds, Fennel seeds, Fenugreek seeds, Burdock Root and half tablespoon Liquorice in 4 cups of water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add Peppermint. Let it cool. Strain and bottle. This is an awesome Liver cleansing drink.

Herbal Treatment For Lower Back Pain 8

Take Banyan milk and Flax seed oil in equal quantity. Apply it on back once a day.

Herbal Treatment For Wounds 5

Take the following herbs :
Woodfordia Fruticosa : Dhawai : Flowers : Dried : Powdered : 1 tablespoon
Flax : Alsi : Seeds : Oil : 1/2 tablespoon
Honey : Shehad : 1/2 tablespoon
Mix all ingredients. Apply mixture on the affected part.

Herbal Treatment For Bronchitis 12

Take 1 tsp each of Flax seeds and Sesame seeds. Sprinkle some salt on it. Have it with Honey at night.

Herbal Treatment For Immunity Booster 2

Take 1 tsp of each Flax seed powder and Sesame seeds. Add paste of 4 Almonds and 1 tsp honey in it. Take 1 tsp of this mixture in the morning with an empty stomach.

Herbal Treatment For Phlegm 8

Dip 4 tsp Sesame seeds in 300 ml water for 6 hours. Add 1 tsp Flax seed powder with a pinch of Salt and 1 tsp Honey in it. Drink 100 ml of it once a day.

Herbal Treatment For Pneumonia 3

Prepare an infusion by taking two table spoon of sesame seeds in a glass of water. Add One tablespoon each of Honey & Linseed. Let it stand for half an hour. Add salt to taste. Have it two - three times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Breast Cancer 1

Take equal quantity of the leaves of Cleavers and Flax seeds. Make Poultice. Repeat it daily for one month.

Herbal Treatment For Croup 2

Take Slippery Elm, Boneset, Licorice, Flax in equal quantity. Use it as a fomentation.

Herbal Treatment For Laxative 1

Take 3 tablespoons each of Psyllium Husk, Chia seeds and Flax.
Soak overnight in a cup of Black Cherry juice.
Eat and drink in 3 portions throughout the next day.

Herbal Treatment For Dry Lips 2

Mix Castor Oil and Flax seed Oil in equal quantity. Apply two-three times a day on the lips.

Herbal Treatment For Immunity Booster 3

Take 3 g seed powder of both Flax and Sesame. Add 2 g Almond paste and 1 tsp Honey in it. Take 1 tsp of the paste in the morning on an empty Stomach.

Herbal Treatment For Cervicitis 1

Combination of Meadowsweet, Flax ( Seeds ), Marigold and Lady's Mantle is good in the treatment of Cervicitis.
Take equal quantity of herbs. Grind them coarsely. Boil 4 teaspoons of ground powder in water on a low flame for 10 minutes. Add this water in your bathing water. Sit in the water in a way, so that the water enters the vagina. Stay as it is for 15 to 20 minutes daily.
Note : Do it till the problem persists.

Herbal Treatment For Liver Diseases 9

Herbal formula for Liver Detoxification
Mix 1 gram powder of Flax Seed, Liquorice Root, Fennel Seed, Burdock and Peppermint in a mason jar. Boil 1 cup of water in a glass container. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of herbal mixture. Allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink once it gets cools down. Consume 1 cup of tea before breakfast, and one before dinner.

Herbal Treatment For Heart Disease 8

Blend the leaves of Kale with 1 teaspoon of Flax seeds powder. Drink this juice thrice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Wrinkles 15

Take an Avocado. Add one tablespoon each of Flaxseed, Honey, fresh Cream in it. Blend them all to make a smooth paste. Apply it over the wrinkles and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water.

Herbal Treatment For Giardiasis

Grind Flax seeds and Cloves in a ratio of 10:1 . Sprinkle it over your meals. Have it for one month.
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Anuradha Bakshi
02 Jul 2015
Please check if flax has omega 3.
Kindly let me know
Herbpathy Research Team
07 Jul 2015
Dear Anuradha Bakshi

Yes, Flaxseed is one of the best sources of Omega-3 ,It lowers the LDL.

Other foods high in Omega-3 are Fish, Vegetable oils,Walnuts, Flax Seeds, Flaxseed oil, and leafy vegetables.

Also, There are 3 types of Omega-3 fatty acids
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) main source is Fish, so they are also called Marine omega-3s.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), source is vegetable oils and nuts , flax seeds and flaxseed oil, leafy vegetables, and some animal fat.

The human body generally uses ALA for energy.

Omega 3 fatty Acids provide an initial point for making hormones to Regulate Blood clotting
Take care of Contraction and Relaxation of Artery Walls
Prevents Heart Disease and Stroke

Herbpathy Research Team
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Suja ( India/Karnataka )
27 Jul 2016
I am suffering from piles can u help me
27 Jul 2016
Dear Suja
Take Milk Thistle, 1 capsule every day for 1 month. And in Winters, Take Radish juice for 3 days every morning on empty stomach.
12 Aug 2016
I have irregular mestrual period can u pls help me
12 Aug 2016
Harsha You may take the following herbs for irregular menses--
Take Dong Quai capsules. One everyday for a month. Another herb is Lady's Mantle. Both these herbs are excellent for Irregular Menses. Try these herbs for a month. Just make sure that you do not take any herb during your periods,
Neha singhal ( India )
17 Dec 2016
Hi, I have been adding flax powder while cooking food from the last 1 month. Is it ok to add it with spices or should I add it as garnish when the food is cooked. Please suggest as I just read that it should not be cooked. May I know the reason please?
20 Dec 2016
Yes, you may add Flax powder to your daily meal. ou may sprinkle a pinch on your meal. yes, it is not recommended to cook or heat Flax seed oil, as it may get oxidized and its valuable nutrients might turn into nothing. However, if we talk about Flax seeds, it is quite okay to heat it or bake it. You can do either.
Surendra ( Karnataka )
16 Feb 2017
I am asthmatic. Please suggest usage of flax seeds for my allergic asthma.
17 Feb 2017
Surendra Flax Seed oil is used to prevent the occurrence of Asthmatic attacks. Take this for 2 months regularly. Start by taking one tablespoon of this oil, then after 20 days, you may increase the dosage to 2 tablespoons. -Take Aged Garlic every day. I am sharing its name it is known as Kyolic. Eat 2 cloves of this garlic daily. Order it from the internet. -Extract the juice of Grapes,warm it and drink it.
-Eucalyptus Oil is very effective , put a few drops of this oil on your handkerchief. Sniff it through out the day. It will help to pen up the airways.
-Avoid dairy products strictly. SAY NO TO MILK.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Rajashekar ( INDIA KARNATAKA )
27 Mar 2017
Rajashekar (bangalore)
i used flax seeds for weight loss for 3-4 days i prepared it at home i fried it on the vessel and i grined it in mixer and i use to take in subjies and oats after that i used to get head ache at the left top of my head and pain in left side of my waste i does'nt know what to do does it affect me severly or should i go under medication.

please suggest me i request you
Meghna Patil ( India )
30 Mar 2017
The head ache is only because the herb is hot in nature and you have been taking it in veggies and oats. Do not go for any medication, just stop consuming this herb. DO not take Flax seeds at all, and not at all during summers.
You may consume foods cold in nature like grapes, oranges, drink a glass of buttermilk daily.
have Lemon water every day. This will relieve you of the heat caused in the body by taking flax seeds For weigh loss, take Avocado fruit, thrice in a week.
Drink apple Cider Vinegar added to a warm glass of water, twice in a day for a month.
Ashish ( Madhya pradesh )
12 May 2017
i am paralyzed person can i use alsi powder
Raviknt Mishra ( India )
22 May 2017
Do you know the cause of the Paralysis ? Did you meet with an accident ?
Or did it happen after some head injury or trauma. ?
Please explain other symptoms as well. Including the side of the body which is paralyzed. Is it full or partial Paralysis ?
26 Oct 2017
How effective is Flax seeds with respect to Bi Polar disorder? How should flax seeds be taken for the same?

Arun V ( India )
01 Feb 2018
Does flax seed help in weight loss
Christina Ribeiro ( India )
05 Apr 2018
Dear Sir,
I am having Edema Lower part of my body starts swelling especially near the ankles, from my knees onwards my legs become heavy though i consume 2-3 liters water every day I pass very little urine
my shoes become tight.
Kindly suggest some medicine for permanent relief
Hafiz Furqan ( Pakistan )
14 Oct 2019
in indian ayurveda flax seed is classed as hot in potency

plz clear it is it hot or cold in nature?
14 Oct 2019
Hello Hafiz. Flax seeds are hot in potency. Too much intake or regular intake is not recommended.
14 Oct 2019
Dear Hafiz, Thank you for bringing the anomaly to light. Our team will do the needful at the earliest.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
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