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Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds and Leaves
91. Wounds and Infections
Fenugreek has shown antibacterial properties in laboratory experiments, but no clinical trials have showed its efficacy in treating infection. More research is needed before fenugreek is recommended as an antibacterial agent.
Experiments conducted on animals have demonstrated that fenugreek has the aptitude to slow down development of liver cancer and, at the same time, promote contractions of the uterus.
Chemical analysis of fenugreek has revealed that it encloses mucilage, saponins, vitamins A, B and C, alkaloids (including gentianine and trigonelline), protein and minerals.
Capsules enclosing powdered fenugreek seed are recommended to facilitate in regulating metabolism of glucose in treating onset of diabetes or in the later stage of the ailment.
A poultice is prepared by making a paste of the powdered herb with water and is applied externally to heal boils and treat cellulitis (accumulation of excessive fat in the thighs and buttocks).
The tincture prepared with fenugreek aerial parts is taken for treating disorders of the reproductive system as well as medical conditions concerning the kidney, especially when qi (energy) depletes. To treat diabetes, fenugreek tincture is recommended along with other hypoglycemic herbs.
The decoction prepared from the aerial parts of the fenugreek herb is taken in the form of a warming drink to ease stomach upsets and menstrual pains. If nursing mothers take this decoction, it helps to enhance the flow of their breast milk. You may add a small amount of fennel to fenugreek to hide its bitter flavour.
The infusion prepared with fenugreek is taken for alleviating menstrual and labor pains as well as to provide relief from abdominal cramps. Besides using dry fenugreek seeds, the infusion may also be prepared with sprouted seeds of the herb.
99. Rich resource of several saponins
Fenugreek seeds have rich content of polysaccharide galactomannan. In addition, fenugreek seeds are also a rich resource of several saponins, including yamogenin, diosgenin, tigogenin, gitogenin and neotigogens. Additionally, fenugreek encloses also bioactive elements, such volatile oils and choline.
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