Fenugreek (Binomial Name:Trigonella Foenum)

October 30, 2014


Fenugreek, binomial name Trigonella Foenum, is used as a food and medicinal herb in the ancient world and in the current era. Fenugreek leaves, seed and powdered form of seeds is a common ingredient in Indian food and it is also used in food in many cultures. It is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs and it has a long history of medical uses in Siddha medicine. It is popularly used for controlling sugar levels, aiding digestion, and as a general stimulant to improve metabolism and health. 


In Tamil language, it is called as Venthayam, which has rich source of Protein, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese, and also very good source of Dietary Fiber and Iron. It is also rich in many vital vitamins that are essential nutrients for optimum health, including vitamin B6, folic acid, riboflavin, vitamin A, and vitamin-C. It is low in Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol.


Some of the many benefits of Fenugreek include:


  • Anti-Diabetic

    • Increases the secretion of insulin, helps in reducing excessive blood glucose levels

    • Controls the rate of sugar absorption in the blood

    • Increases glucose absorption and fatty acid oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity

  • Anti-Inflammatory activity

    • Treats inflammation of the genitals

  • Anti-Oxidant

    • Helps to expel mucus and reduce inflammation and relives from common cold and cough

  • Accelerate hair growth and reduces the dandruff

  • Applying the paste on the affected area reduces the Eczema.

  • Balances hormones in women, controls menstruation pain and bleeding

  • Controls heart rate and blood pressure

  • Drinking Fenugreek powder with Luke warm water reduces Joint Pains

  • Gastrointestinal Protection

    • Helps to relieve from excessive gas or flatulence

    • Good digestive agent and helps in stimulating the secretion of gastric juices

    • Good anti-acid

    • It helps to treat peptic ulcers and inflamed conditions of the stomach and bowel, as it absorbs and eliminates toxic material

  • Hypolipidemic

    • Increases good cholesterol

    • Reduces bad cholesterol

  • Helps to clean the blood

  • Helps to beat Anemia

  • Helps boost iron levels in pregnant women

  • Increases breast milk production

  • Triggers sweat and detoxifies the body

  • Treats reproductive disorders

  • Reduces the Acne and Blackheads.

  • Reduces body heat

  • Reduces the amount amounts of calcium oxalate in the kidneys which often contributes kidney stones

  • Taking fenugreek with water before food  prevents the heart burn


Storage Method:

  • Fenugreek Leaves: Chop the stems, shop the leaves, fold in a foil, zip lock in plastic cover and free it. You can use even after 60 days.

  • Fenugreek Seeds: Store in an airtight container, unrefrigerated.

  • Powdered or paste form of fenugreek, however, should be kept in the air-sealed packets and placed inside the refrigerator.


The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice. 

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