Long before capsules, tablets and modern medicines were invented, the fenugreek herb cured ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Indians and Chinese from fever, common cold, and body pains. Its leaves and seeds were eaten raw or boiled to make tea as a popular home cure for a number of illnesses and discomforts. Today, all the medicinal components and nutritional values of this lowly herb are packaged into fenugreek capsules and popularized as herbal supplements.
Other names of fenugreek are Goat’s Horn, Bird’s Foot, and Greek Hay. Bodybuilders who use fenugreek body building supplements simply refer to it as “fen”. The herb, which belongs to the Fabaceae family, looks like a huge clover with tiny white flowers. Its seeds are tiny, hard, oblong and yellow. Fenugreek has been said to enlarge the female breast for its diosgenin contents. This is what fenugreek capsules are believed to achieve as well.
Of all other breast-enhancing herbal capsules, fenugreek capsules have the most amount of diosgenin. Diosgenin in fenugreek seeds is used to make synthetic estrogen and has been found to cause new breast cells to grow, therefore increasing breast size. To achieve this, one can do any of three things: drink fenugreek tea, take fenugreek capsules, or mix the contents of fenugreek capsules with lotion and massage the result directly on the breasts.
Other known contents of fenugreek are protein, potassium, niacin and vitamin C. Another widely regarded use of fenugreek is as an aphrodisiac. It has been observed to cure premature ejaculation, to aid in sexual stimulation, and to help couples perform better sexually. This claim may not be supported by researchers yet, but many users of the herb believe that it has effectively worked for them. The herb also relieves menstrual and testicular pains.
Moreover, fenugreek is also said to lower blood sugar level and cholesterol. Many diabetic patients have tried fenugreek herbal supplements, and apparently they have worked.
Perhaps the most popular benefit of fenugreek is its ability to promote the production of breast milk, however. A research study has observed that several lactating mothers that were low on breast milk have stopped using other interventions after taking fenugreek tea, capsules or the raw herb itself. Kathleen Huggins, a breastfeeding consultant, expert and book writer, said that she observed a 900% increase in breast milk production among users of the herb.
“In 1945, an Egyptian researcher reported that fenugreek is a potent stimulator of breast milk production,” Huggins said in her report, ‘Fenugreek: One Remedy for Low Milk Production’. “In fact, its use was associated with increases in milk production of as much as 900%. The mechanism of action is unknown. Rima Jensen, MD, suggests that fenugreek may affect milk production because the breast is a modified sweat gland, and the herb is known to stimulate sweat production.”
Fenugreek capsules are packaged in bottles of 100 to 300 capsules as herbal supplements that may be used against diabetes, anemia, sinusitis, menstrual disorder, intestinal disorders, fever, arthritis, tuberculosis, and lactating in nursing mothers.