Plant Profile: Fenugreek



Fenugreek

(Trigonella foenumgraecum)

Family: PAPILIONACEAE 

Energetics: Warming. Moistening. 

Taste: Pungent. Sweet. 

Tissue States: Depression. Atrophy. 

Parts Used: Seeds 

Systems affected:  Respiratory. Digestive. 

Key Components: Flavonoids. Mucilage (30%). Proteins. Alkaloids. Steroidal Saponins (diosgenin). Bitter Principle. Vitamins. Minerals. Volatile & fixed oils. 

Preparations & dosage: Decoction. Powdered in capsules. Tincture. 

Actions:
Foundational: Aromatic. Astringent. Demulcent. Stimulant.
Primary: Emollient. Expectorant. Galactagogue.
Secondary: Tonic. 

Uses: Cleanse, nourish & soothe the gastrointestinal & respiratory mucosa. ulcers & other stomach & intestinal inflamed conditions. Diabetes. Gout. Considered to be an aphrodisiac & Rejuvenator. Also promotes lactation, hair growth & semen production. Removes heat caused by fermentation & putrefaction but is contraindicated in ACTIVE heat. Indicated when there is sluggish lymphatics in lazy people with bad dietary habits that are high in fat, who have high cholesterol & elevating blood pressure. Dorothy Hall via Matthew Wood, tells of a case of Graves disease (hyperthyroidism) with weight gain. The woman was small and plump. It was completely solved in 2 weeks and she lost weight. The dosage was 5 drops. Another herbalist phyllis Light has used it effectively in Menopausal formulas. 
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Sources: 
The Way of Herbs: Michael Tierra; Pg 77. 
The Earthwise Herbal: Volume 1: Matthew Wood; Pg 491-493. 
The Complete Herbs Sourcebook: David Hoffman; Pg 255

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