ingredient information
Trigonella Foenum Graecum
Fenugreek Latin name: Trigonella foenum-graecum . The herb Trigonella foenum-graecum, is a reminder that the Romans imported it from Greece as a desirable crop, “Greek hay�, that was used as a cattle food. However, the seed became a popular spice and has long been used as a nourishing dietary herb in the Middle East to which it is native, and in India and the Far East. It is more familiar in many countries as a component of curry powder, to which it contributes a curry-like taste. It is also used raw or roasted to give flavor to mango chutney and to imitation maple syrup and to some artificial licorice preparations. Other constituents impart a strong celery-like odor, and they are utilized in the fragrance industry. It is used as an appetizer, a tonic and an aphrodisiac, and it is included in many foods and beverages. Fenugreek has a long history of dubious indications, including fevers, colic, flatulence, dyspepsia, dysentery, cough, tuberculosis, edema, rickets, leg ulcers, gout, diabetes and baldness. There is little evidence to suggest the spice is toxic or that it has significant anticoagulant or hormonal effects Fenugreek is a herb that has an ancient history. It was rarely used in Britain during the hay day of herbal medicine due to difficulties in obtaining the spice. Since becoming easily available it has often been overlooked because herbal tradition rarely mentioned it. For a comprehensive discussion of Fenugreek you must refer to an herbal or materia medica of Ayurvedic medicine. Its limited use in Britain demonstrates its value as a vulnerary, healing and reducing inflammation in conditions such as wounds, boils, sores, fistulas and tumors. It can be taken to help bronchitis and gargled to ease sore throats. Its bitterness explains its role in soothing disturbed digestion.It is a strong stimulator of milk production in mothers, for which it is perfectly safe, and has a reputation of stimulating development of the breasts. Actions: anticancer, antidiabetic, antihypercholesterolemic, antihyperglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antipellagral activity, antipyretic, aphrodisiac, appetite stimulant, astringent, bulk laxative, demulcent, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, emollient, expectorant, galactogogue, antidysbiosis, laxative, lowers bowel transit time, lubricates intestines, nutritive, smooth muscle relaxant, tonic, uterine stimulant, vulnerary Traditional use: abdominal distention, antidysbiosis, anorexia, asthma, boil, bronchitis, colic, common cold, convalescence, cough, croup, depression, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, eczema, emphysema, fever, flatulence, furunculosis, gastric ulcer, gastritis, gout, headache, hypercholesterolemia, hyperglycemia, impotence, indigestion, inflammation, inflamed indurations, kidney disorders, leg ulcers, lymphadenitis, myalgia, respiratory disorders, respiratory tract infection, sinus problems, sore throat, splenomegaly, ulcer, upper respiratory catarrh, wounds Combination of three herbs used to lower blood sugar. Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) 1,000 mg Goats rue (Galega officinalis) 750 mg Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) 1,500 mg