Fenugreek Trigonella frenum-graecum
Part used - seeds and leaves also used in cooking
Strong smelling volatile oils, in the seeds as well as mucilage and proteins and a good source or Iron
Alterative, carminative, demulcent, hypo-gylcemic and nutritive
Uses historically and Research
Traditional used for bronchitis, arthritis and diabetes as well as gastrointestinal problems. Also externally as a poultice for wounds and abscesses.
It has been used to increase milk production
It has been shown to reduce blood and urine glucose levels and lipids in dogs, rats and human studies. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for coughs and joint inflammation. It has been shown to have some anti-ulcer and antacid properties and even been used to treat osteosarcomas and colon cancer
Possible Veterinary Indications
To reduce blood glucose, topically on wounds, to promote milk production and reduce inflammation.
Avoid in pregnant animals and not recommended for Hypothyroid animals.
Drug interactions: none proven but consult your veterinarian if medically dosing as with all herbs
Dried and Ground Herb (Such as on the right above from WarriorBullz) 25-200mg/kg tid
Suggested dosage: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 10 kg two or three time daily
It can be applied to wounds mixed as a paste - 50gm in 250ml hot water, cooled and then applied externally
Dried herb 35-200mg/kg Three Times daily ideally (tid)
Tea 30g of the seeds approx 1 teaspoon per cup (250ml) of boiling water steep until cool then give 1/4 to 1/2 cup per 10kg
Tincture 0.5 to 1ml per 10kg
Veterinary Herbal Medicine Wynn and Fougere
Ribes et al 1984 & 1996
other references available