Fenugreek is an annual plant that grows wild in the north of India but is now cultivated everywhere as an annual crop. The seeds are useful in treating constipation, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
Benefits of Fenugreek: Cholesterol, diabetes, indigestion, loss of appetite, flatulence, dyspepsia, colic, diarrhoea, dysentery, enlargement of liver and spleen.
Action: Carminative, cholesterolaemic, bulk laxative, antidiabetic, demulcent, expectorant.
Scientific name: Trigonella foenum-graecum.
Useful parts: Seeds, whole plant
Dosage: 2–50g per day.
Rasa (taste): Pungent, astringent,bitter, sweet
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
Guna (quality): Light, unctuous
Dosa effect: VK–, P+
Dhatu(tissue): Plasma, blood, bone, nerve, fat, reproductive.
Srotas (channel): Digestive, excretory,respiratory, reproductive
Classical and common names
Ayurvedic: Methikaa, Methi, Vastikaa, Selu, Methini, Dipani, Bahupatrikaa, Bodhaini, Gandhaphala.