Fenugreek is a herb, famous for its medicinal benefits, which grows in the southern Europe, Mediterranean region and in Western Asia. It is a plant with green light leaves and white small flowers. It belongs biologically to the pea family Fabaceae and is sometimes called the Greek hay (Axe, 2017). The seeds of Fenugreek are especially utilized to make medicine or conceal the tastes of other herbal medicines through cooking (Fenugreek, 2017). Apart from that, the leaves of Fenugreek are commonly eaten in India as a vegetable.
Considering its medicinal qualities, Fenugreek is taken through the mouth to counteract digestive problems, such as heart burning due to an ulcer, loss of appetite, inflammation of the stomach (called gastritis in medicinal language) and constipation (Fenugreek, 2017). Besides, Fenugreek is employed for the pain, which emerges during menstruation, diabetes, obesity, and polycystic ovary syndrome in women (Fenugreek, 2017). Apart from that, those body conditions and mental stress, which affect the hardening of arteries, called atherosclerosis and increase the levels of certain fatty elements in blood such as triglycerides and cholesterol (Axe, 2017). Moreover, Fenugreek is also used for a vitamin deficiency problem called beriberi, bronchitis, ulcers, tuberculosis, chapped lips, exercise performance, Parkinson’s disease, and mouth ulcers (Fenugreek, 2017). Some men use the plant seeds for erectile dysfunction, hernia, and male infertility. In addition, women take it for augmenting the production of milk in their bodies and promote their flow. Apart from the qualities and cures it induces through the intake, it is also used as a poultice (Axe, 2017). For this purpose, it is wrapped, heated, and used on the skin to cure pain and inflammation on the body surface, toes, and wounds etc. In tobacco, foods, beverages, and imitation maple syrup, it is utilized as a flavoring agent and also used in spice blends (Fenugreek, 2017).
For curing diabetes, medically suggested dose ranges from 5-50 grams of powdered fenugreek seeds. It should be added to daily meals for few days. However, for painful menstruation, 100-2700 mg of fenugreek powder can be used three times a day (Fenugreek, 2017).
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Axe, Josh (2017). 8 Benefits of Fenugreek. Dr. Axe: Food is Medicine. Retrieved from https://draxe.com/fenugreek/. Accessed on 04 March 2017.