Fenugreek Seeds is also known as Trigonella foenum-graecum (Scientific Binomial Name), Greek-clover / Greek hay (Common English), Methikaa / Vastikaa / Selu / Methini / Dipani / Bahupatrikaa / Bodhaini / Gandhaphala (Ayurvedic), Hulbaa (Unani), Methi (Hindi / Urdu), Vendhayam (Tamil), Methi (Marathi), Bahuparni / Bahupatrika / Chandrika / Gandhabija / Gandhaphala (Sanskrit), Methya(Bengali), Menthulu (Telugu), Menthe / mentepalle / mentesoffu (Kannada), Uluva (Malayalam). Fenugreek is healing herb whose qualities were brought to the attention of humans by animals. Farmers noticed that sick cattle would eat fenugreek plants even when they would not eat anything else. Fenugreek has expectorant qualities. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and soothing. The soothing expectorant qualities aid in promoting menstruation, as well as easing coughs, sore throats, and digestion.
Herbal Methi Seeds Benefits
Methi seeds found useful in the treatment of dandruff. 2 tablespoons of methi seeds should be soaked overnight in water. The softer seeds should be ground into a fine paste in the morning. This paste should be applied all over the scalp and left for half-an hour. The hair should then be washed thoroughly with soap nut (ritha) solution or shikakai. Washing the hair with a paste of cooked black gram dal, and fenugreek lengthens the hair. Fenugreek seeds are excellent home remedy for leucorrhoea. They should be taken internally in the form of tea and also used as a douche. For a douche, the solution should be much stronger than tea. Two tablespoonful of fenugreek seeds should be put in a litre of cold water and allowed to simmer for half an hour over a low flame. It should then be strained and used as a douche. Strongly mucilaginous, fenugreek soothes and heals sore, inflamed, or ulcerated tissue in the gastrointestinal tract.
Fenugreek Tea and Extract Uses
Fenugreek seeds is excellent treatment for swellings, fever, blood poison prevention and as a tea for sore throat. Gargle made from the fenugreek seeds is very effective in severe cases of sore throat. To make such a gargle, 2 tablespoonful of fenugreek seeds should be allowed to simmer for half an hour in a litre of water and then set aside to cool. The entire quantity should be used as a soothing gargle in a day with beneficial results. A hot Epsom -salt bath taken every day or every other day will also be beneficial. Trigonella foenum-graecum is an herb that improves bowel contractions. Take 250 mg or 2 ml twice daily with meals. Fenugreek is a herb that stabilizes blood sugar. Take a product with an equivalent dosage of 15 to 50 grams daily.
Fenugreek for Breastfeeding Mothers
Fenugreek is galactagogue, can stimulates milk flow. Try a daily dose of fenugreek. In the past, nursing mothers used to eat a teaspoon or so of fenugreek seeds every day. Now you can purchase fenugreek in capsule form. The recommended dose is 600 to 700 milligrams. Fenugreek seeds are strongly estrogenic and can be valuable in menopausal symptoms. A fenugreek poultice can be used to treat boils and rashes. For halitosis bad Breath, chew on fenugreek seeds as a deodorizer. OR A tea made from the seeds of the methi should be taken regularly for correcting the condition. This tea is prepared by putting a teaspoon of seeds in half a liter of cold water and allowing to simmer for 15 minutes over a low flame. It should then be strained and used as tea.
Fenugreek Seeds Diabetes Treatment
It is one of the better herbs for diabetes. Clinical trials have shown that it lowers levels of “bad” fats, like cholesterol, LDL, VLDL, and triglycerides, within the blood. Blood sugar control and insulin response in diabetics are also improved. The seeds can also be used on a daily basis to help reduce blood sugar levels in diabetes. Components in fenugreek stimulate insulin as well as delay absorption of glucose. Fenugreek seems to benefit people with both types of diabetes. In one study, type-2 diabetics who added fenugreek to their regimen were able to reduce their medications by 20%. Study dosages have ranged from 2.5 milligrams of encapsulated seed powder taken twice a day to 25 to 100 grams of ground seeds divided into two doses and mixed into such foods as bread. Regular use of tea made from fenugreek seeds has also proved helpful in preventing the appendix from becoming a dumping ground for excess mucous and intestinal waste.
Trigonella foenum-graecum Side Effects
Not to be used during pregnancy. Fenugreek seeds may cause water retention and weight gain. Because of its use as a uterine stimulant, fenugreek should not be taken by pregnant women. Do not give fenugreek to children under two. Although fenugreek can be used to lower blood sugar levels, diabetics should use it for this purpose only with guidance from a qualified health care practitioner.