Fenugreek is used for kidney ailments, a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi, mouth ulcers, boils, bronchitis, infection of the tissues beneath the surface of the skin (cellulitis), tuberculosis, chronic coughs, chapped lips, baldness, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and exercise performance.
Some men use fenugreek for hernia, erectile dysfunction (ED), male infertility, and other male problems. Both men and women use fenugreek to improve sexual interest.
Women who are breast-feeding sometimes use fenugreek to promote milk flow.
Fenugreek is sometimes used as a poultice. That means it is wrapped in cloth, warmed, and applied directly to the skin to treat local pain and swelling (inflammation), muscle pain, pain and swelling of lymph nodes (lymphadenitis), pain in the toes (gout), wounds, leg ulcers, and eczema.
Potential Health Benefits of Fenugreek
People have been consuming fenugreek for thousands of years, and many believe that it has a wide range of physical benefits. These are a few additional anecdotal fenugreek seeds benefits:
Soothe upset stomach and digestive problems
Reduce menstrual cramps
Reduce fat mass
Maintain liver and kidney health
Soothe muscle pain
How to Take Fenugreek
As you read above, you can take fenugreek in capsule form, brew it into a tea, or add the powdered seeds to food. Here’s how much fenugreek to take in each form.
Capsule: 500mg, three times a day.
Powder: Three to 5 grams of de-fatted seed powder up to three times a day. It’s best to consume fenugreek powder before or as part of a meal.
Your dosage depends on a number of factors, including weight, age, and health status. Your doctor or an herbalist can help you determine the right individualized dosage.