Latin name: Trigonella foenum-graecum
Sanskrit/Indian name: Medhika, Chandrika
The leaves and seeds of the Fenugreek plant are widely used in Indian cuisine.
The herb has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic compositions as a moisturizer, specially formulated to hydrate dry skin. Applied topically, the herb is also helpful in treating boils, abscesses and ulcers. Fenugreek is a natural source of protein, which rebuilds and strengthens the hair shaft. It reduces hair fall and promotes hair growth.
Therapeutic constituents:A C-steroidal sapogenin peptide ester, fenugreekine, exhibits hypoglycemic activity (European Journal of Pharmacology, 390, 2000). The saponin-rich extracts reduce cholesterol levels. The fibrous fraction of the seeds also causes a reduction in blood lipids. Fenugreek extract containing trigonelline and trigonellic acid is used as a hair growth stimulant. Recent studies indicate that the herb contains lecithin, a natural emollient known to strengthen and moisturize hair.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The herb is helpful in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
- On external application, Fenugreek helps heal superficial wounds more quickly.
- Because of its rich protein content, the herb is an excellent ingredient in haircare and skincare products.