BOTANICAL NAME: Trigonella foenum-graecum
COMMON NAME/S: bird’s foot, hulba, fenegriek, fenugreko
Many topical applications for local healing. Its bitterness aids digestive problems. It is also a strong stimulator of milk production.
- Volatile oil, containing3-hydroxy-4, 5-dimethyl-2-furanone, dihydrobenzofuran, dihydroactinidiolide, muurolene, elemene, selinene
- Alkaloids, including trigonelline, gentianine and carpaine
- Saponins, based mainly on the sapogenins diosgenin and its isomer yamogenin, gitogenin and tigogenin
- Flavonoids, including vitexin and its glycosides and esters, isovitexin, orientin, vicenins l and 2, quercetin and luteolin
- Mucilage; mostly a galactomannan
- Vulnery (topical)
- Immune modulations
- Gastric ulceration
- High cholesterol
- Suppressed milk production
High doses are not recommended in patients with low thyroid activity.
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Wynn, S. 2007, “Veterinary Herbal Medicine”, Mosby Inc, Missouri