Fenugreek is a clover-like herb which has many potential health-benefiting properties. Its seeds and powder are used as a spice all over the world due to their slightly sweet and nutty flavor. In the Ayurveda textbook, the properties of fenugreek are described as:
मेथिका वातशमनी श्लेष्मघ्नी ज्वरनाशिनी | ततः स्वल्पगुणा बल्या वाजिनां सा तु पूजिता ||
Fenugreek helps control Vata-Kapha. It contains certain properties which can help control fever. It may also improve general weakness because of its Balya (strength providing) nature.
Fenugreek is considered very potent in improving the overall sexual health of males. It helps boost testosterone levels and increase sperm count. The seeds may also be useful in diabetes when taken daily before breakfast, as they are high in fiber which may help in controlling blood sugar levels. Fenugreek also has anti-inflammatory properties which can be beneficial in reducing pain and swelling in arthritic conditions. The seeds are also used to manage menstrual cramps and postmenopausal vaginal dryness.
Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of protein and nicotinic acid that help promote hair growth. The seeds can be grounded and mixed with coconut oil to form a paste-like consistency. The mix can then be applied to the scalp as a shampoo, two times a day. You can also apply Fenugreek seeds cream to keep the skin hydrated.
It is important to know that Fenugreek seeds may cause gastrointestinal disturbances like diarrhea, bloating, and flatulence.
What are the synonyms of Fenugreek Seeds?
Trigonella foenum-graecum, Methi, Menthe, Mente, Uluva, Mendium, Ventaiyam, Mentulu, Medhika, Peetbeeja