Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Fenugreek As Alternative Medicine

Fenugreek As Alternative Medicine

Fenugreek is used both as a spice and as an alternative medicine. Its leaves are used as medicine and the seeds as a spice. It is one of the oldest herbal plants with a history going back to the times of Ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Fenugreek is also widely used as alternative medicine in India, the Middle East and North Africa.

  1. It boosts milk supply in nursing women.
  2. It is a remedy for morning sickness.
  3. It is a treatment for digestive and gastrointestinal disorders such as gas, diarrhea, peptic ulcers, flatulence and loss of appetite.
  4. It lowers blood sugar levels and a remedy for diabetes.
  5. It is effective in treating high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  6. It is a remedy for asthma, arthritis, abscesses and cramps.
  7. It is a powerful treatment for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, congestion, coughs and mucus in lung.
  8. It is used to treat migraines, fever and headaches.
  9. It helps to balance the female hormones and eases menstrual disorders such as cramps and period pains.
  10. It alleviates menopausal symptoms such as depression and night sweating.

Fenugreek is available as capsules, tea, tinctures and powder. This herb must not be taken for more than three months. It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women and those on thyroid hormone drugs. Fenugreek can interfere with some prescribed drugs. Take this herb two hours before or after any medications. Some of the allergic effects are gas, nausea, breathing difficulty and diarrhea.

Fenugreek has been a favourite herb of the herbalists for centuries. It can also be used as a poultice to treat dandruff. In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine it is even used to induce childbirth. Today fenugreek remains a very versatile alternative medicine for the treatment of a great variety of ailments.

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