Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food. ...Hippocrates
This fact sheet provides basic information about the herb fenugreek--common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. The first recorded use of fenugreek is described on an ancient Egyptian papyrus dated to 1500 B.C. Fenugreek seed is commonly used in cooking.
Common Names--fenugreek, fenugreek seed
Latin Names--Trigonella foenum-graecum
The dried seeds are ground and taken by mouth or used to form a paste that is applied to the skin.
Fenugreek. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Accessed on December 28, 2006.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L. Leguminosae). Natural Standard Database Web site. Accessed on December 28, 2006.
Fenugreek seed. In: Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckman J, eds. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:130-133.
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