Fenugreek {Trigonella foenum-graecum}

Fenugreek balances Vata and Kapha

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Balances Vata and Kapha( makes Vata flow downward)
  2. Taste – Bitter
  3. Energetics – Heating
  4. Main Action: Tonic, antidiabetic, increases milk production
  5. Other Uses: Relieves local pain and swelling, helps menstrual blockage, irritable bowel syndrome, cataracts, kidney stones and acts as digestive aid.


Modern Research

Fenugreek and its components have been extensively studied for its antidiabetic activity, ameliorating most metabolic symptoms associated with type-1 and type-2 diabetes in both humans and relevant animal models by reducing serum glucose and improving glucose. It has also been show to be a potent stimulator of breast milk production and its use was associated with increases in milk production.  A number of studies have looked at its effects as an antioxidant , hepatoprotective, antifungal, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory agent, as well as numerous other diverse physiological effects.