Fenugreek - Trigonella Foenum-Graecum

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This Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Fenugreek - Trigonella foenum-graecumin the Fabaceae or Legume family

Parts used: Seed.

Taste/smell: Mucilaginous, bitter, maple-like taste.

Dosage: Freshly powdered herb: 1/2 -1 teaspoon per cup of cold water, let sit for a few hours and drink; decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:3 dry liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: The specific indication for fenugreek is cold damp swelling and stagnation in the legs. It also disperses cold and alleviates pain.

Use: (a) Demulcent, (b) Anti-inflammatory, (c) Hypolipidemic, (d) Hypoglycemic, (e) Diuretic, (f) Galactagogue, (g) Antiatherosclerotic.

It is used in gastrointestinal inflammation, coughs, colic, diarrhea in infants, cholesterol level reduction, diabetes and as an eye wash for inflamed eyes. Externally, it can be used as a poultice for inflamed, irritated skin conditions. Research has shown antifertility and antiandrogenic effects on male rats who were fed a fenugreek extract.

Contraindications: Consumption of fenugreek seeds during pregnancy has been associated with congenital malformations and birth defects. Animal research has shown a variety of reproductive and developmental toxicity as well as neural-behavioral alteration in prenatally exposed mice.  Oral drugs or herbs taken at the same time as fenugreek may have delayed absorption due to mucilage content. Since experimental research has shown fenugreek to stimulate animal uteri and due to its emmenagogue, abortifacient effects and possible birth defects, it is contraindicated in pregnancy.

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