Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) medicinal herb is a member of the leguminosae family and it is definitely one of the first and foremost medicinal herbs, dating back to traditional Egypt and also China where its historical past goes back into the time frame 700-900 A.D.
Also called Methi, it is said to be indigenous to South Eastern Europe as well as Western Asia and which grows extensively in North Western India. It is actually currently grown all over Africa and also India.
The common names
for this medicinal plant are Bird's foot, Methi, Greek hayseed Bird foot, Greek hay, Trigonella, Billy goat clover, Camel grass as well
as Trigonella foenum-graecum and it is an annual herbaceous plant.
The main parts used as herbal medicine are the seeds. This herb possesses benefits similarly to cod liver oil and are generally utilized as an alternative remedy.
The medicinal properties are stimulant, galactagogue, digestive, nutirtive, tonic, demulcent, febrifuge, expectorant, carminative, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, antipyretic, antispasmodic and anticatarrhal.
The constituents are fat, lactone, iron, protein, mucilage, sesquiterpenes, yamogenin, tigogenin, 4-hydroxyisoleucine, diosgenin, choline as well as vitamin B1.
On the culinary side, the leaves are used as vegetables and steaming the leaves is the best way of cooking them since with this process the vitamins are contained within them. It gives good flavor as a seasoning and one of the main ingredients in this season is curry powder. The leaves are known as Qasuri Methi in Urdu, in Punjab near Lahore.
It will calm the stomach as well as the digestive system and works as a natural expectorant for lungs and sinus problems. It is also used for painful menstruation, labor pains, and it will stimulate and increase breast milk production.
The seeds are used as tea to treat tuberculosis, bronchitis and
various kinds of mucous congestion. It is very effective in the
treatment of asthma.
It is beneficial in treating diabetes, heart disease, biliousness, loss of taste, hair care, dandruff and obesity.
In China, a tea made from the seeds are used for bladder irritations and as a tonic for the reproductive organs, especially for enlarged testes. Also as a poultice the powdered seeds are placed on boils, skin inflammations, eczema, cellulite, sores and swellings. The powdered seeds can pull out toxins and promote healing.
In the event of supplying it to young children, use only one and a half cup of tea.
Also, adding one teaspoonful of the seeds to one cup of water and drinking it two times per day, one in the morning and one in the evening fenugreek will aid in lowering high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
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