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The Increase of Milk Supply with Fenugreek

The incredible number of Fenugreek medical applications sets thinking about the origins of all these uses and true effectiveness. Long ago it started to be used in preventing fevers, for comforting the stomach and intestines in case of some inflammation processes and externally for boils, abscesses and carbuncles.

In the course of time to that list were added the treatment of premature ejaculation, loss of libido and painful testicles. After discovery its similarity by chemical components and medical effects to cod liver oil, Trigonella began to be used as its substitute in scrofula, rickets, anemia, debility following infectious diseases, gout and diabetes (combined with insulin).

The effect of Fenugreek on milk supply has been proved by numerous tests but is not clear to the end. Some scientists are disposed to suppose that it may be possible because breasts are modified sweat glands and this herb stimulates sweat production.

Another explanation is the presence in the herb of a phytoestrogen (plant chemical similar to the female sex hormone estrogen) and diosgenin, which is responsible for milk increase.

Even not having enough proves of its safety Greek hay-seed is widely used today by mothers for short boost milk supply or to augment supply and pumping yields.

In the drugstores the herb is available in form of capsules, tincture, tear, powder or seeds and is believed to give an effect after 24 Ė 72 hours Ė 2 weeks after starting using.

The effect depends on organism peculiarities and susceptibility so dose should be determined individually. Recommended dose is less than 8 grams per day and if there are no exact doctorís instructions, is: for capsules Ė 1200-2400 mg daily; for powder or seeds Ė ½ - 1 teaspoon 3 times a day; for tea - one cup of tea 2-3 times per day; and for tincture Ė 1-2ml 3 times a day.

The probability of occurrence of side effects like maple syrup smell of urine and sweat, loose stools, hypoglycemia, some undesirable skin reactions or uterine contractions is rather high so itís better to consult your doctor before starting the herb. If you have peanut or chickpea allergy, asthma, migraines, abnormal menstrual cycles, blood pressure problems or heart disease, donít better use it at all for more safety. Itís also not recommended during pregnancy.

Some content of fenugreek components in mother milk may cause in baby upset stomach, diarrhea, and green watery stools or fuzziness. All of these are also the signs of oversupply which could occur if mother didnít notice in time the increase of milk amount.

Different sources give contradictory information about FDA approval of medications with Trigonella foenum-graecum therefore there is a point to regard its use with a caution.

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2008-03-08 20:35:51
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