Fenugreek is one of the oldest recorded plants used in medicine. It has been used in Arabian, Greek and Indian health care for thousands of years and was used in Egypt going back to 1500 BCE. Fenugreek has even been used in China for thousands of years. Fenugreek is grown as a plant in India, France, Argentina, United States, North Africa and the Mediterranean countries for food, medicines, dyes, condiments and forage purposes. It’s an erect annual herb with trifoliate leaves and a height ranging between 0.3 and 0.8 meters.
The name Fenugreek comes from the Latin meaning ‘Greek hay.’ This is because this herb is traditionally used as fodder for animals. It is also called Bird’s Foot, Foenugreek, and Goat’s Horn. Fenugreek is commonly found growing in Mediterranean regions of southern Europe. Fenugreek intake tends to increase breast size plus milk production primarily for nursing mothers. Thus, only very partial perks like these can come to ordinary women who simply want to expand their breast tissue for non-feeding purposes.
Fenugreek has a strong modulating effect on blood lipid levels and can substantially reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. In diabetics, who usually suffer lipid imbalances, it has demonstrated a remarkable ability to lower cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL levels while raising HDL levels. The leaves of fenugreek are useful in the treatment of indigestion and slow functioning of liver. Gastric disorders can be cured by consuming the leaves fried or boiled in butter. Even the seeds of fenugreek are used in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhea.