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Fenugreek: Digestive Tonic

Fenugreek or Methi, also known as Greek hay, has a long history of usage in Ayurvedic and Chinese herb. It has been indicated and favored as a digestive aid.

A famous Asian spice, fenugreek can be eaten raw or cooked as an Indian or Egyptian curry. It is well known to have a soothing effect on the stomach.

It also helps in balancing both Vata (for relaxing) and Kapha (for rejuvenating).

Sanskrit Name Methi
Botanical Name Trigonella foenum-graecum
English Name Fenugreek
Family Leguminosae
Useful Part Seeds and leaves

Besides being an excellent digestive tonic, Fenugreek has a number of other benefits,

Scientific Usage

  • Helps to reduce blood sugar levels due to its hypoglycemic properties*
  • Assists in reducing weight due to its antihyperlipidemic properties*
  • Aids in releiving skin irritation due to its cooling effect*
  • Helps in stimulating breast milk*
  • Supports normalizing the cholesterol level*
  • Acts as a highly effective digestive aid and for bowel action*
  • Helps to increase libido and combat menstrual problems*
  • Supports in normalizing the cholesterol level*
  • Beneficial in reducing lung congestion thereby reducing inflammation*
  • Supports to alleviate symptoms of respiratory infections*
  • Helps in lustrous hair growth*
  • Soothes wounds, rashes and boils*
Side Effects

No side effects have been reported.

More Interesting Info

Fenugreek is an Indian home remedy for balancing cholesterol. It is also found to be useful in treating Diabetes and lowering blood sugar levels. It is an ideal herbal cure for skin Inflammation according to Ayurveda. Many people believe that it is one of the best remedies to naturally ease child birth for pregnant women and aid milk production in lactating women. It is believed to be a natural cure for heartburn and acid reflux. It is also an Indian home remedy for fever, cough and respiratory congestion. It is said that it also enhances the beauty of women by helping breast enlargement.

In short fenugreek has cleansing properties. It helps in balancing our diet because its bitter juice is equally important constituent of diet. It also helps for reduction of weight. A decoction or an herbal tea prepared out of fenugreek and other substances is a proven diaphoretic mixture. Fenugreek increases iron levels in pregnancy and improves lactation after delivery. Leaves are rich source of vitamins and minerals.

1. Therapeutic applications of fenugreek. Basch E, Ulbricht C, Kuo G, Szapary P, Smith M.Altern Med Rev. 2003 Feb;8(1):20-7. Review.PMID: 12611558 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

2. Hypolipidemic Effect of Fenugreek Seeds Is Mediated Through Inhibition of Fat Accumulation and Upregulation of LDL Receptor.Vijayakumar MV, Pandey V, Mishra GC, Bhat MK.Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Oct 22PMID: 19851306 [PubMed]

3. Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.Nahas R, Moher M.Can Fam Physician. 2009 Jun; 55(6):591-6. Review. PMID: 19509199 [PubMed]

4.Antioxidant properties of germinated fenugreek seeds.Dixit P, Ghaskadbi S, Mohan H, Devasagayam TP.Phytother Res. 2005 Nov;19(11):977-83.PMID: 16317656 [PubMed]

5. Galactogogues: medications that induce lactation. Gabay MP.J Hum Lact. 2002 Aug;18(3):274-9. Review.PMID: 12192964 [PubMed]

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: One Capsule
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Fenugreek Seed&leaves (Trigonella-Graecum) 600 mg*
Standardized Extract(50% Saponins Containing 3% Trigonellin-300mg*)
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Vegetable Capsule (HPMC), Dicalcium Phosphate.
No Sugar,No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavor or Sweeteners ,Sodium Free,
No Wheat, No Glutin, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free, No Preservative, No Starch,
No Milk, No Lactose, No Corn
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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