Often found to be especially useful in increasing libido and lessening the effect of hot flashes and mood swings due to estrogen-like properties, Fenugreek is also used in China and India to treat various ailments including arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, acid reflux and skin problems.
Fenugreek has also been used extensively to treat reproductive disorders or to induce labour or to treat hormonal disorders. Popular with women suffering from PMS and menstrual pains, recent studies show that the herb is especially useful in lowering blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and is possibly an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes.
As of now, Fenugreek is being studied for its cardiovascular benefits.
Despite being considerably safe when used in moderation, a few minor side-effects have been reported, including nausea, skin irritation and gastrointestinal discomfort such as diarrhoea and gas.
Pregnant women are recommended to avoid consumption of fenugreek due to its potential to induce labour, and should consult their doctors beforehand.
Due to its mucilaginous fiber that gives Fenugreek its moist, sticky texture, potential interference is likely between the consumption of the herb and other oral medications, therefore a minimum 2-hour gap should be observed.
last update by M 12/7/2012