Fenugreek is also called as Methi, Greek hay, Bird’s Foot, Boyotu, Chinagreye, Fenegriek, Hu Lu Pa, and Sicklefruit Fenugreek. Recorded evidence says that fenugreek was used in ancient Egypt, Greece and India. Traditionally it was used to treat breathing problems, tuberculosis, body pain, swollen glands, skin problems, ulcers and impotency.
Though the herb is native to the Mediterranean countries, this is extensively grown in India and South Asia and it is an important herb in Ayurveda. Ayurveda prescribes this herb to control obesity, fight peptic ulcers, to control balding and to control diabetes.
Though the seeds of the fenugreek is the most commonly used part for its medicinal value, Unlike the western folk medicine Ayurveda also suggests the use of fresh leaves of this plant for certain diseases and conditions. The herb can be taken internally or used externally (after grinding).
Ayurvedic Properties of Fenugreek:
Fenugreek has a long history of medical uses in Ayurved, Siddha and Chinese medicine. It is often prescribed for lactating women and it is proven supplement to increase lactation among breast feeding women. It also induces labor pain in pregnant women.
Ayurveda suggests this for people with a sluggish lifestyle and poor eating habits to improve their metabolism and overall health. It influences fat metabolism and also controls blood sugar level thereby acting as a good supplement for people pursing weight loss.
Ayurveda prescribes this for peptic ulcers. The decoction made out of heating fenugreek in pure water is used as the medicine for ulcers (for diabetes and other diseases too); Fenugreek can also be used in the powdered form, as when with water it swells and forms a gel which soothes the mucous membrane in the stomach.
The decoction made from the seeds can be used to treat sore throats and fevers. The decoction is nutritious, and soothing to the alimentary canal.
Fenugreek is considered to be an excellent medicine for atherosclerosis, hypertriglyceridemia, constipation, high BP and diabetes. Scientific research showcase the effectiveness of fenugreek as a medicine for diabetes and in controlling the blood sugar level. Fenugreek is an excellent complementary medicine for conventional diabetes treatment.
Externally when ground in to a powder, it can be used to cure abscesses, boils and other skin conditions.
Side-effects and Warning:
- There are no major side-effects, however over-consumption of this herb can lead to flatulence bloating, and diarrhea.
- It induces labor pain, so pregnant women should consume it with caution.