• Fenugreek Seed - inflammation, diarrhea, diabetes

Uses have been an aid to digestion and treat inflammations. Medicinal use and commercial cultivation is at present on the increase. Its seeds are high (40%) in mucilage, an emollient soothing to the skin and used as an emulsifier in drugs and food. The seeds also contain diosgenin, a steroid that can be converted to pregnenolone (a steroid formed during the synthesis of hormones) and progesterone, the anti-estrogen hormone secreted by pregnant women. The seeds are reported to contain chemicals that inactivate trypsin and chymotrypsin, enzymes making it possible for your body to digest protein. But there is no evidence that fenugreek used to season food has any such effect. Seeds are high in protein and contain trigonelline, a nitrogen compound found in many legumes. When trigonelline comes in contact with acids or is heated, it yields nicotinic acid (niacin), the B vitamin that prevents pellagra. Grind seed coarsely, infuse and drink as a tonic tea to stimulate digestion and milk flow, ease coughing, flatulence and diarrhea. Make a mushy poultice of crushed seed and hot milk for inflammation, ulcers, swollen glands, sciatica and bruises. Said to be effective in treating fevers. The seeds have galactogenic and anthelminthic properties; the ancients believed them to be aphrodisiac.

Properties:

yang tonic, nutritive, carminative, uterine stimulant, locally demulcent, alterative, anti-inflammatory, digestive tonic, promotes milk flow, lowers blood sugar levels, aphrodisiac, aerial parts are antispasmodic

Applications

Decoction: Take as a warming drink for menstrual pain, stomach upsets, and, if a nursing mother, to increase milk flow. Disguise the bitter taste with a little fennel.

Tincture: take for reproductive disorders and conditions involving kidney qi weakness. Prescribed with other gypoglycemic herbs in late-onset diabetes.

Capsules: Prescribed to help control glucose metabolism in late-onset diabetes.

Poultice: make the powdered herb into a paste and apply to boils and cellulitis. Aerial Parts are used in infusion: take for abdominal cramps, labor and menstrual pain. May also be made from sprouted seeds.

Research: In one open study of 60 type 2 diabetics, 25 grams per day of fenugreek led to noteworthy improvements in overall blood sugar control, blood sugar elevations after a meal and cholesterol levels. In a small singleblind controlled study, patients with type 1 diabetes were randomly prescribed with fenugreek at a dose of 50 grams twice daily as part of their lunch and dinner or the same meals without the powder, each for 10 days. Those on the fenugreek diet had significant decreases in their fasting blood sugar.

Toxicity:

Fenugreek is a uterine stimulant, so avoid in pregnancy. The aerial parts may be used in labor. Although no adverse effects are known, if too much is used during nursing, the urine of mother and child may start to have a maple syrup odor, and could potentially lead to a misdiagnosis of ‘maple syrup urine disease.’

Fenugreek contains coumarin-like substances, and should be used with caution along with heparin, warfarin and other anti-coagulants.25 Due to its blood sugar lowering effects, using fenugreek may require a dose adjustment with glipizide and insulin. Insulin-dependent diabetics should seed professional advice before using fenugreek as a hypoglycemic.


Fenugreek Seed - inflammation, diarrhea, diabetes

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