Fenugreek is an amazing herb that is used for medicinal purpose as well as spice in various cuisines. It is commonly known as "Methi" in India. The Latin name of this herb is Trigonella foenum graecum. Not only the seeds of this herb are used but the leaves are also equally beneficial in various health issues. This herb is commonly found in South and Central Asia.
Fenugreek herb is an annual plant with leaves consist of three small obovate to oblong leaflets. These green leaves are 30-60cm tall contains slender beaked pods 10-15 cm long. Each pod of these leaves contain 10 to 20 small brown seeds.
Fenugreek herb contain chemical composition like diosgenin, gitogenin, tigogenin, trigonelloside, yomogenin, tetosides, graceunin A, B, C, H, I, J, K, L, M, trigofoenosides, choline, trigonelline, yamogenin, gitogenin, diosgenin, neotigogens, and tigogenin etc. It contains nutritional contents like thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, B6, vitamins A, C, and K, copper, calcium, selenium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.
The presence of amino acid in this herb shows anti-diabetic properties. This property reduces high glucose levels in the blood. Fenugreek seeds contain fiber that slows down digestion and help the body in absorption of sugar and carbohydrates. Diabetic patients can take five gram of fenugreek powder twice daily with plain water. You can also use seeds of this herb. Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water. Drink this water early in the morning on empty stomach.
Yes, it is very beneficial herb for breast-feeding mothers. The presence of galactogogue in this herb increases the production of breast milk. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for newborn baby. Lactating mother can chew one teaspoonful of fenugreek seeds or its sprouts daily on empty stomach. Fenugreek tea is equally beneficial take one teaspoonful of fenugreek seeds, boil it in two cups of water until it remains one cup. Strain the mixture and drink this tea once daily.
As this herb balances Vata dosha in the body hence it is beneficial in gastritis and bloating problem. Fenugreek seeds are also effective in constipation. You can drink a glass of fenugreek seeds water soaked overnight on an empty stomach. Even these patients can use the powder of this herb for cooking purposes.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of this herb reduces inflammatory conditions of the skin. It gives effective results in itching problem. Fenugreek herb also acts as blood purifier. To the injured and inflamed skin you can make a paste of dried leaves or seeds. Apply it over affected area of the skin. Fenugreek herb relives pain, inflammation, reduces abscess, wounds, swelling, and boils.
Intake of Fenugreek herb increases metabolism rate in obese people that helps to reduce extra fats in the body. So regular intake of this herb is very effective.
Yes, the fenugreek herb helps in boosting up testosterone levels and increases libido. Include this herb in your daily routine as it increases stamina and strength.
Make a paste of sprouted seeds of fenugreek herb. Apply this paste on your hair for dandruff, thin hair, and split ends problem. For faster hair growth consume one capsule of fenugreek daily.
For medicinal purpose seeds, leaves, and whole plant is used for medicinal purpose.
Fenugreek herb is used in various problems mentioned below:
The recommended dosage of this herb is mentioned below in detail:
There are many cases in which Fenugreek herb causes side-effects that are mentioned below: