Common names: Fenugreek, Greek Clover, Greek Hay
Parts used: Dried seeds
Habitat: Native to Asia and naturalised in much of southern Europe, will grow easily in most garden soil.
Constituents: Steroidal saponins, including diosgenin (up to 0.9%), yamogenin and others. Alkaloids including trigonelline. Mucilage (up to 30%), volatile oils and flavonoids including vitexin, quercetin, luteolin and naringenin. Vitamins A, C, D, B1, B2, nicacin; iron, calcium, phosphorous and fibre.
Actions: Hypoglycaemic, Hypolipidaemic, Laxative, Demulcent, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Nutritive, Anti-pyretic, Orexigenic topically, Emollient, Vulnerary.
History: Well documented use as a medicinal and culinary plant in ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian and Persian traditions.
Traditional and current uses:
• To increase breastmilk production (usually within 24-72hrs)
• To reduce blood sugar and lipids
• To improve glucose tolerance in sub-clinical diabetes or alongside diabetes treatments
• Historically as a poultice: boils, gout, minor wounds and ulcers.
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