Latin name: Trigonella foenum-graecum
Chinese name: hu lu ba
Other names: alholva, bird’s foot, Greek hay-seed, methi, sicklefruit fenugreek

What is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is a plant that is thought to have originated in the Near East, though this information is not precisely known. The seed of this plant is commonly used in curry and is prominently featured in Indian cuisine. Fenugreek is used in the preparation of pickles, breads, and is prepared as a tea in Egypt. Its essential oil is used to flavor foods, especially for flavoring artificial syrups.

What are the health benefits of Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is an herb that is used to treat many conditions related to the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. It is used to treat bad breath, aid digestion, treat inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines, protect against colon cancer, and is used to encourage weight gain in cases of anorexia nervosa. It is used for menstrual and other feminine conditions, including the treatment of painful menstruation, labor pains, the increasing of breast milk production, and protection against breast cancer. Prized for its antidiabetic effects, fenugreek is also used to inhibit cancer of the liver, lower blood cholesterol level, reduce fever, and treat bronchitis, sciatica, impotence, and premature ejaculation. Additionally, fenugreek is used as an aphrodisiac.

When used externally, fenugreek is applied to boils, burns, and ulcers. It is also used externally as a douche.

Where can I find Fenugreek?

Fenugreek can be found online, in herbal specialty shops, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

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