Botanical Name : TRIGONELLA FOENUM - GRACUM
Family Name : FABACEAE
Common Name : FENUGREEK, GREEK HAYES, ALHOLVA, BIRD'S FOOT, BOYOTU, CHINAGREYE, FENEGRIEK, FOENUM GRAECUM
Part Used : Leaves and Seeds
Habitat : Wild in Kashmir, Punjab and upper gangetic plains and also cultivated in other parts of India as a pot-herb.
Uses : Fenugreek seed has been used for stomach upset, swelling (inflammation) of the upper air passages or throat, appetite, for lowering blood sugar and for softening the stool. It also has been used as a gargle to relieve sore throat and as an external dressing for swelling (local inflammation).
The Seeds are very nourishing and are given to convalescents and to encourage weight gain, especially in anorexia nervosa. Research has shown that the Seeds can inhibit cancer of the liver, lower blood cholesterol levels and also have an antidiabetic effect. The Seeds and leaves are anticholesterolemic, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, carminative, demulcent, deobstruent, emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, galactogogue, hypoglycaemic, laxative, parasiticide, restorative and uterine tonic.
The Seeds can be ground into a powder and used as a poultice for abscesses, boils, ulcers, burns etc. or they can be used as a douche for excessive vaginal discharge. One of its constituent alkaloids used in cancer therapy. An essential oil is obtained from the seed - used as a food flavouring and medicinally. The dried plant has a strong aroma of hay.
Parts Offered : Fenugreek seeds, Fenugreek leaves