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Fenugreek: Condiment, Remedy, Preservative

The herb named Fenugreek, Bird’s foot, Greek hay-seed or Trigonella foenum-graecum LINN from fabaceae family had found its first application in ancient Egyptian culture in 16th century BCE as a substance for mummification. Ancient medical practice of Greeks Indians and Arabians used the herb to treat disorders of different nature and severity.

The rich chemical content and valuable qualities of the plant allows using it as a supplement or all-sufficient mean for treatment or strengthening the organism, aromatization of hay or quarters.

It’s a popular cookery addition in the world known spice mixtures: “curry”, Ethiopian “berbere”, Bengali “panch phoron”, Tamil “sambaar podi”, Iranian “ghorme sabzi”, Georgian “khmeli-suneli”. The herb is used also as a coffee substitute in Northern Africa, in pickling, and even in perfumery for Indian hair conditioner.

Numerous constituents of the herb could not be counted even on the fingers of both hands. I’ll try to list them in a short manner not to bore your fascinated reading. So there are: mucilage (28%), proteids (22%), fixed oil (5%) volatile oil, alkaloids (Trigonelline and Choline), phosphates, lecitin, nucleoalbumin, iron in organic form, trimethylamin, neurin, betain, coumarin, gelatinous textures, phytoestrogen, diosgenin, steroidal saponins and amino acid 4-hydrxisoleucine.

Fenugreek affects on the human body include stimulation of the appetite by action on the nervous system, decrease of calcium oxalate in the kidneys, diuretic and ureo-poietic effects, soothing the skin, inhibition of cholesterol absorption and synthesis, alteration of the levels of thyroid hormones, uterine stimulation, decrease of blood sugar and potassium levels and pressure, increase of the body production of insulin when blood sugar levels are high, stimulation of sweat production.

Besides that the herb has the ability to decrease the activity of an enzyme that’s involved in releasing stored sugar from the liver into the blood, to slow down the time that food takes to go through the intestine tract. Sometimes it can increase the duration and severity of a migraine, to increase the risk of bleeding, cause allergy like peanut or enhance the effects of other drugs.

Among several side effects are: dizziness, gas, facial swelling, numbness, difficulty breathing.

The best conditions for this 2 feet high erect annual herb with brownish seeds of bitter peculiar odor and taste are: moderate to low rainfall, loam and clayey soil with proper drainage. Naturally Trigonella grows in Eurasia (from the Eastern Mediterranean to China). Now it’s cultivated in India, Argentina, Egypt, Southern France, Morocco and Lebanon.

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2015-12-10 11:43:41
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bachar
2012-09-17 19:15:27
i been taking arjuna herbal powder for treating my heart failuer for two weeks now but have had shortness of breath weissy chest swelling of face in the morning please any one heard about this advised me what i have to do.
dewdrop
2011-03-28 17:11:19
Mistletoe leaf tea is helpful with regulating type 2 diabetes--make it as a cold tea. It also helps regulate blood pressure.
zap
2011-01-28 09:37:49
Yes it's been used for centuries to aid lactation in nursing women, avoid taking it whilst pregnant though.
rose
2010-10-02 01:14:13
i read that fenugreek is good for increasing milk production for breastfeeding. true or not?
dulce2
2010-09-16 10:46:30
drinking fenugreek tea 3 times a day has helped with the bloating and sugar levels.
l drink tulsi tea from India helps with the stress of being diabetic and energizing.
Atif
2009-06-02 09:47:55
For curing Diabetes: Take about 1 Tablespoon Fenugreek powder, soak overnight in water. It will become bulky till the next morning. Before breakfast drink alongwith water / or add powder milk in water and drink. Very effective in Diabetes.
Another highly beneficial herb is ' paneer ' ( not cheese ) as called in urdu. Boil six buds of paneer in night and leave in the water overnight covered. Before breakfast, filter the water (turned sour) and drink, throw the ' paneer' residues.
FWK
2008-07-21 02:42:12
....and also for phlegm (mucus) in the throat...
boobooo
2008-05-18 17:55:03
good for your lungs
sue
2007-12-07 20:40:19
does it affect wheight gain and obesity since it increases apetite? is it good in detoxifiation diet?
sharifah
2007-09-26 05:23:33
How do I take fennel in the treatment o diabetes
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