Fenugreek is a plant in the Fabaceae family. Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed, often called vendhayam or methi). The plant is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop and is a common ingredient in many curries. Fenugreek has grown in India, Mediterranean and Africa for centuries.
Fenugreek Leaves and Seeds. Fenugreek is used both as a herb (leaves) and as a spice (seed).
Arthritis and Bronchitis, induce Labor, improve Digestion and maintain Healthy metabolism. Reproductive disorders in women. Breast enhancement, increasing breast Milk, Anti-oxidants, Menopause, Diabetes, Fevers, Sore throats, Wounds, Skin irritations, Ulcers, and Gout pain.
Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of the polysaccharide galactomannan. They are also a source of saponins such as diosgenin, yamogenin, gitogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogens. Other bioactive constituents of fenugreek include mucilage, volatile oils, and alkaloids such as choline and trigonelline.
- A study in India found people who took 2 ounces of fenugreek seed each day had significantly (around 14 percent) lower cholesterol levels after 24 weeks, and had lowered their risk of heart attack by more than 25 percent.
- Studies have shown that participants with type 2 diabetes had significantly lower blood sugar levels after eating fenugreek.
- Fenugreek as an effective topical treatment for skin problems such as abscesses,boils, burns, eczema, gout and ulceration of the skin.
- Mix it with warm water to make a poultice and apply it directly onto the inflamed skin. (A poultice is simply a piece of cloth that has been soaked into the warm water mixture and then applied to the skin).
- Fenugreek seeds contain a lot of mucilage, which helps sooth gastrointestinal inflammation by coating the lining of the stomach and intestine,which is very effective remedy against heartburn or Acid Reflux .
- The Fenugreek herb has been known to help reduce fever when taken with lemon and honey, since it nourishes the body during an illness.
- Fenugreek is used in commercial preparations and teas formulated to help balance women’s hormones and/or enlarge the breasts.
- Fenugreek stimulates uterine contractions and can be helpful to induce childbirth.
- Since ancient times, Fenugreek has been known to increase milk production in lactating women. Research has even shown that milk production can increase by over 500 percent within 24 to 72 hours after consuming fenugreek.
- Recent studies have shown that fenugreek helps lower blood glucose levels.
In SIDDHA medicine:
- Vendaya keerai is boiled and mixed with honey, it is useful for constipation.
- Vendaya keerai is boiled and fried with butter; it is useful for pitha diseases.
- Vendaya keerai is made into paste and apply for internal and external inflammation. It is very useful.
- Vendayam is useful for Lactogogue.
- Vendayam is fried, powdered and make it into kudineer and it is useful for stomach pain, suram and dysentery.
- Vendayam is useful for enlargement of liver and spleen.
- Vendayam is useful for Anemia.