Fenugreek Extract

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  • Product Item: OHI00000210
  • Latin Name: Trigonella foenum-graecum
  • CAS No.: 84625-40-1
  • Active Ingredient: 100% fenugreek Extract
  • Specifications: 100%
  • Test Method: TLC
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CAS No. Registry Number:84625-40-1

Botanical Name: Trigonella foenum-graecum

Plant Family: Leguminosae

Common Names: Bird's Foot, Bockshornklee, Greek Hayseed, Mayti (Indian)

Origin: Indigenous to countries on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean and cultivated in India, Egypt and Morocco in Africa.

History: The name comes from the Greek Trigonella, 'three-angled' (leaves) and Foenum-graecum, 'Greek Hay'.  

Fenugreek is one of the oldest medicinal plants, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who used it as a culinary and medicinal herb. It was also used by the famous herbalist, Rev. Kneipp for sore throat.

Gerard states:  'It is good to wash the head with a decoction of the seeds for it taketh away the scurfe, scales, nits......'.

Tradition:

It was thought that if you added a few Fenugreek seeds to the water used to clean your household floors it would bring money into the household
Medicinal Plants Used: Seeds

Contains:

anti-inflammatory steroid-like substance
betain
bitter fixed oil
Calcium
Choline, an alkaloid
Diosgenin (similar to estrogen)
lecithin
mucilage
neurin
nucleoalbumin
organic iron
phosphates
proteids
Trigonelline, an alkaloid
trimethylamine
volatile oil
yellow coloring substance
Action:

anti-inflammatory [an agent to ease inflammation]
antiseptic [an agent for inhibiting the growth of microorganism on living tissue or destroying pathogenic or putrefactive bacteria]
aphrodisiac [an agent for arousing or increasing sexual desire or potency]
emollient [an agent used externally to soften and soothe]
expectorant [an agent that promotes the discharge of mucous and secretions from the respiratory passages]
febrifuge [an agent that reduces or eliminates fevers]
galactagogue [an agent that encourages or increases the secretion of milk]
mucilaginous [characterized by a gummy or gelatinous consistency]
nutritive [gives nourishment]
restorative [an agent that restores consciousness or normal physiological activity]
soothing
stimulant [an agent that excites or quickens the functional activity of the tissues giving more energy] (acts on the nervous system to stimulate the appetite)
tonic [an agent that tones, strengthens and invigorates organs or the entire organism giving a feeling of well-being]   
Fenugreek is used for:

Blood Conditions

anemia
Brain and Nervous System Conditions

neurasthenia
Female Conditions

relaxes the uterus
stimulates breast development
stimulates milk production in nursing mothers
Gastrointestinal Conditions

comforts the stomach
enteritis
faulty digestion (soothes the intestinal canal)
gastritis
increases the appetite 
inflamed conditions of the stomach and intestines
softens and expels mucous
tonic effect on the digestion, particularly for convalescents
Liver Conditions

counters cholesterol
used by the liver for cholesterol metabolism
Metabolic Conditions
helps aid diabetes
Respiratory Tract Conditions

bronchitis
dissolves mucous congestion
kills infections in the lungs
tuberculosis
throat and chest disorders
Other
debility after illness
for weight gain
prevents fevers (similar to quinine)
reduces symptoms of fever (used with lemon and honey)
rickets
scrofula
soothes and nourishes the body during illness
It is used as a gargle for:

sore throat
Caution: Fenugreek should not be taken:

by pregnant women because of its uterine properties
Externally it is used as a poultice, ointment, plaster for:

abscesses
boils
carbuncles
fistulas
gout pain
inflamed or infected skin
inflammations
neuralgia
sciatica
skin irritations
sores
swollen glands
tumors
drawing out ulcers and swellings
wounds
Other Uses:

flavoring in confectionery
spice in curry powder
used to condition horses and cattle

 

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