Fenugreek Fenugreek, a popular herb, and condiment in Indian and middle eastern cuisine, has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat heartburn and mouth sores. It was also believed that fenugreek could be used as an aphrodisiac, but research does not support this claim. Research on the effectiveness of fenugreek for specific ailments has been explored.
Fenugreek has been used in traditional Indian and Middle Eastern medicinal practices for centuries to treat heartburn and mouth sores. In Ayurveda medicine, the herb is known as "methi." Ancient Egyptians used it as a perfume during their embalming process.
In Sri Lanka, fenugreek seeds are used to treat toothache, painful teething in infants, and post-partum bleeding.
Fenugreek is believed to have aphrodisiac properties because it contains steroidal saponins known as phytoecdysteroids. One research study concluded that taking fenugreek capsules daily for 28 days did not affect sexual desire in healthy men.
Aphrodisiac" is defined as anything that arouses sexual desire or increases libido. Many plants and herbs are described as aphrodisiacs, but there is little evidence to support this claim for most of them. Although fenugreek is commonly considered an aphrodisiac, research does not show it has any effect on libido or sexual function.
Fenugreek is used to treat diarrhea, diabetes mellitus, and respiratory infections.
A study found that fenugreek may aid in treating certain types of epileptic seizures by reducing the amount of time it takes for the medication to control them.
Another study reported that when people addicted to nicotine were given fenugreek, they experienced a 30% reduction in craving cigarettes and smoked fewer per day.
Fenugreek is also used to treat painful menstrual cramps by reducing the number of prostaglandins that cause pain during menstruation It also stimulates uterine contractions. Fenugreek contains diosgenin which has been used to make synthetic nonsteroidal estrogen.
Fenugreek has also been studied for its potential effects on cancer due to its diosgenin content. However, more research is needed before any conclusions can be made.
One such study looks at the effects of fenugreek supplementation on variables associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS). MetS is a cluster of conditions that occur together and increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The components of MetS include abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol), high blood pressure, and high fasting blood sugar.