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Fenugreek

(S) Methi

(C) Hu lu ba

Part Used: seeds

Energetics: bitter, pungent, sweet/heating/pungent VK- P+

Tissues: plasma, blood, marrow and nerve, reproductive

Systems: digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive

Actions: stimulant, tonic, expectorant, rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, diuretic

Indications: dysentery, dyspepsia, chronic cough, allergies, bronchitis, influenza, convalescence, dropsy, toothache, neurasthenia, sciatica, arthritis

Precautions: pregnancy (may cause abortion, promotes vaginal bleeding), high Pitta conditions

Preparation: decoction, powder (250 mg to 1 g), paste, gruel

FENUGREEK is a good herbal food for convalescence and debility, particularly that of the nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems. As a gruel it will increase milk flow and promote hair growth. The seed paste can be used externally for boils, ulcers and hard to heal sores. With valerian it is a good nerve tonic. It can be added to curries as a digestion-promoting spice. Fenugreek sprouts are a medicinal vegetable for indigestion, hypo-function of the liver and seminal debility. As a tonic, one tablespoon of the powder can be taken daily, heated in one cup of milk.

   
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