Fenugreek as one of the oldest known medicinal herbs,
was used by Hypocrites. It was used extensively in both the Far East
and in the West. "The Greatest Medical Discovery since the Dawn
of History," so claimed the makers of Lydia E. Pinkham's
Vegetable Compound, which was promoted to the American public in 1875
as a treatment for "female problems and complaints".
Fenugreek was one of Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound elixirs, major
ingredients. The most active compound though, was Black Cohosh.
Fenugreek's origin is believed to be in the Mediterranean, but has
also been reported as having been used in Asia. Fenugreek is currently
being used to treat diabetes in the Middle East. Experimental data
indicates that extracts of Fenugreek seeds lower blood sugar levels,
thus regulating insulin production.Fenugreek has been shown to soften
and dissolve hardened masses of accumulated mucus. Fenugreek is
helpful for people who use, or have used, large quantities of dairy
products (milk, cheese and butter), as they cause large quantities of
mucus waste to accumulate in the system that curtail the vital life
promoting processes, to include healthy lung action, free flowing
blood circulation and proper lymphatic drainage. It is known to expel
certain (accumulated uric acid) toxic waste by way of the lymphatic
system. It loosens and expels mucus and phlegm accumulated in the
bronchial tubes, soothes mucous membranes in the lungs and
gastrointestinal tract and has also been used to treat lung
- Fenugreek is a strong stimulator of milk production in nursing
mothers and is said to help stimulate
breast growth and development.
- Fenugreek sometime has been used to help prevent pregnancies
due to it's spermicidal factors.
- Fenugreek is used internally for treating an inflamed gastro
- Fenugreek contains lecithin which helps
dissolve cholesterol and fatty substances.
The herb Fenugreek is also known
- Greek Hay-seed,
- Bird's Foot