FLAXSEED acts as a bulk-forming laxative for treating constipation. The seeds, flax meal, or powders absorb water in the stomach and intestine, increasing the bulk and movement of the stool. Flaxseed is available without prescription as a dietary supplement. It is found in many forms including cracked or whole flaxseeds, flax meal, flaxseed oil, or flaxseed powder.
More recently, flaxseed has been shown to be beneficial for people suffering from digestive disorders. It is now recommended as an "effective herbal agent" for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).