Herbal Supplements

The Herb and Supplement Index by Interflyer

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Name fenugreek

Origin southern Europe and southwest Asia

Scientific Name Trigonella foenum-graecum

Description Fenugreek is a member of yhe pea family. It is cultivated in warm climates thoughout the world. The plant has been grown since the time of the Assyrians and the seed was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. India and China are primary producers of fenugreek. Fenugreek is one of the oldest recorded medicinal plants and one of the most versatile of the seed spices. The seeds are tonic, astringent, demulcent, emollient and expectorant.

Uses Fenugreek seeds can be used internally for treating loss of appetite (anorexia). It is also used in the treatment of diabetes and gout. Fenugreek is considered to be an aphrodiasiac and rejuvenator. They also have been used to stimulate milk flow. As food the seed is eaten raw or cooked used in curries in India, in bread in Egypt and as a coffee substitute in Africa.


Possible Side Effects No side effects or contraindications are generally reported, though in clinical studies, some patients have experienced intestinal gas and diarrhea. Given uterine-stimulant activity and possible estrogenic effect use during pregnancy should be avoided.

REMINDER If you have a medical condition such as a heart condition, high blood pressure, palpatations, high blood sugar or other medical conditions talk to your doctor before taking supplements.