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Fenugreek

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: birds foot, bockshornsam, chilbe, foenugraeci semen, Greek hay, griechische Heusamen, hu lu ba, methi, trigonella foenum graecum

Generic Name: Fenugreek

Drug Class: Cardiovascular, Herbals; Gastrointestinal, Herbals; Metabolic and Endocrine, Herbals

What Is Fenugreek and How Does It Work?

Fenugreek is used as an appetite stimulant, and to treat atherosclerosis, constipation, diabetes, dyspepsia/gastritis, fevers, kidney ailments, hyperlipidemia/hypertriglyceridemia, lactation promotion, and for local inflammation (topical).

Effectiveness:

Diabetes: Reduces postprandial blood glucose in type 1 or 2

Hypercholesterolemia: Conflicting evidence on lowering cholesterol; more studies needed

Hypertriglyceridemia: Preliminary clinical research suggests it may lower triglycerides in type 2 diabetics

Fenugreek is available under the following different brand and other names: birds foot, bockshornsam, chilbe, foenugraeci semen, Greek hay, griechische Heusamen, hu lu ba, methi, and trigonella foenum graecum.

Dosages of Fenugreek:

Suggested Dosing

Seed

  • 1-2 g orally three times daily
  • No more than: 6 g/day

Tea

  • 1 cup multiple times/day; 500 mg seed/150 mL water

Poultice

  • Apply topically as needed
  • Paste: 50 g of powdered seed in 0.25-1 L hot water

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Diabetes Mellitus, Postprandial Glucose Control

  • 10-15 g orally once/day or in divided doses with meals OR
  • Hydroalcoholic extract: 1 g orally once/day OR
  • Seed: 5 g/day orally

Hyperlipidemia

  • 0.6-2.5 g orally twice daily with meals
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/29/2017



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