Information on Fenugreek

Latin NameTrigonella foenum-graecum
Other NamesBockshornsamen
Part UsedSeeds
Herb FormsBulk herb, powder.
AffectsEndocrine system, Liver
CautionsAvoid in large doses during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA simple-stemmed hairy, white-flowered plant that grows one to two feet tall.
DescriptionFenugreek seed is a common spice used to stimulate the appetite and improve digestion and assimilation. It has been used traditionally to stimulate lactation in women, and also in domestic animals; to ease bronchitis and chronic cough; to reduce fever; and to treat mouth ulcers. Fenugreek tea is also used to help relieve atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Fenugreek seeds are used as a poultice for inflammation, boils, sores, and wounds.

Fenugreek has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of WARM.


Powderground seed for poultices
Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Fenugreek

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Diabetes, insulin dependentblood sugar loweringtincture, capsule, tea
Cholesterol, highcholesterol loweringtea
Appetite, lack ofappetite stimulanttea


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