Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Definition: Esteemed by the Greeks and Romans, fenugreek was used as a flavoring agent and aphrodisiac. Today it is commonly used to break up and expel mucus, soothe the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate milk production.
Applications: Allergies, bronchitis, cholesterol levels, coughs, diabetes, digestive ailments, emphysema, intestinal gas, headache, lung infections, mucus congestion and skin eruptions.
Scientific Updates: Fenugreek is currently being used to treat diabetes in Middle East countries. Because it contains up to 30 percent mucilage, fenugreek works as an effective anti-inflammatory agent and can heal abscesses and other skin eruptions. Clinical tests have shown that fenugreek significantly reduced blood glucose and cholesterol levels in test animals. Fenugreek seeds, which contain diosgenin and tigogenin, may also help tone uterine muscle and stimulate lactation in nursing mothers.French scientists have found that fenugreek stimulates pancreatic secretion which enhances digestion
Complementary Agents: Dandelion, myrrh, red clover, lobelia, cornsilk, garlic, yellow dock, goldenseal, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, proanthocyanidins, phytonutrients, blue-green algae, vitamin A, B-complex and chromium.
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