FENUGREEK, Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek was used by that famous old Greek physician, Hippocrates, who lived about 400 years B.C. It is one of the oldest medicinal plants, dating back to the Egyptians.
The name implies that this plant is Greek hay. At one time, it was used to scent inferior or spoiled hay so cattle would be more likely to eat it. The seeds of the fenugreek have been used for culinary, as well as medicinal purposes, by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans until the present time. The Egyptians used the seeds to make ointments to treat wounds and abscesses. They used the tea internally to treat fevers and respiratory and intestinal complaints. Even in ancient China., they used fenugreek to treat hernias, gall bladder problems, fevers and impotence.
Over a hundred years ago, fenugreek was one of the main ingredients in Lydia Pinkham's female health tonic. For a while, it was discredited; however, further tests have shown that fenugreek is beneficial to both male and female reproductive systems.
Down through the ages, fenugreek has been used for just about every problem that there is. One person told how good it was to clear the old phlegm out of the bronchioles. They sat that's because of its ability to soften old, hardened mucus so it can be expectorated. I guess this is why some say fenugreek is good herb for those who are suffering or who have suffered from tuberculosis. It can also be used for a gargle, or as a throat pack for sore throats.
Because it is so mucilaginous, others say fenugreek is wonderful to make into a poultice. These poultices can be used for swollen glands, wounds, neuralgia, sciatica, gout of the great toe or foot, fistulas, sores, tumors, boils, abscesses, carbuncles, corns, running sores and swellings.
Fenugreek has become popular of late because some say it is effective in lowering cholesterol. Tests performed on animals show that it has been effective in reducing their cholesterol levels. Some say the reason fenugreek is so effective in reducing cholesterol is because the fenugreek seed contains lecithin an d a fat-dissolving substance called lipotropic.
There was a Mr. Johnson who had a dry, hacking cough. This cough had persisted of years. When he was younger, he had smoked for many years and this is what he attributed the cough to. In the mornings, he would go through a coughing spell for awhile and at least once or twice more during the day. However, he never seemed to cough up very much phlegm.
Mr. Johnson couldn't do much work. If it was dusty or the work was too laborious or strenuous, he would start to cough, and was too weak to accomplish much.
Over the years, he had spent many days in the hospital at different times. He said he had tried almost every drug they had for a respiratory problem. He had even been on oxygen at different times, but this didn't seem to help a whole lot.
One day, in the middle of a coughing spell, a friend asked Mr. Johnson, “Why don't you do something for your cough? You sound like you will only last one more clean shirt.”
Mr Johnson said, “I have tried everything, bu I can't seem to cough anything up.” The friend asked if he had tried fenugreek and lobelia. Mr. Johnson said he hadn't, but he was willing to try anything.
The friend told me that within a few months, Mr. Johnson was breathing normally and he didn't have anymore coughing spells and he could out-walk anyone.
In some tests by French scientists, it was learned that fenugreek is also an aid to low blood sugar or diabetes.
Isn't it wonderful what a little weed or plant can do?