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Catechu Katha — extract of acacia trees mg The mixture should be taken twice daily after a meal in described dosage. The results appear within 2 to 4 weeks, but this mixture should be continued for 3 months for the complete relief from involuntary urination. This mixture is helpful in both cases nocturnal enuresis as well as diurnal enuresis. However, the uterus naturally returns to its original size within 6 to 8 weeks, but Methi fenugreek enhances its quick recovery.
Secondly, fenugreek helps to clear the uterus from the lochia and prevents the infections of the reproductive organs in new mothers. Some women have a complaint of a sore muscle, which causes pain in arms, legs and even neck and jaw. Many women also feel debility after delivery along with other problems such as vertigo, backache, and loss of appetite.
In all these conditions, fenugreek seeds are highly helpful. Leucorrhoea Uterus inflation or stretching of the uterus is also a cause of thin discharge or leucorrhea.
Fenugreek seeds promote uterus deflation and shrinkage of the uterus, which reduce all secondary symptoms and help to attain the original natural size of the uterus.
It also helps to cure the leucorrhea in such cases. For this purpose, fenugreek powder is suggested to use with jaggery in Ayurveda. Breast Enlargement Fenugreek seeds contain phytoestrogens, which have estrogenic activities. The effect is observable on all hormones including estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, luteinizing hormone, etc.
Fenugreek is likely to stimulate the growth of mammary glands by helping in the production of estrogen in the body and mimicking effect of phytoestrogen. It can promote the growth of new breast cells and thus, increase the size of the breasts. Therefore, fenugreek can be used as a natural alternative to the cosmetic treatments for breast enlargement.
Its estrogenic effect may also be beneficial in the management of breast cancer. Breast Cancer Fenugreek seeds offer potential protection against breast cancer by inhibiting the DMBA-induced hyperplasia of the breast tissues. It offers significant chemopreventive effect, which helps to suppress, reverse, and prevent the progression of the cancer cells into the surrounding normal tissues thus limiting the extent of the disease. It also works by preventing angiogenesis.
It is a normal process by which new blood vessels are formed in the body. However, in the case of a tumor, angiogenesis may actually stimulate the growth of the mass by providing more nutrients through the newly-formed blood vessels. Hence, preventing angiogenesis is an important aspect of cancer treatment.
Fenugreek can help to prevent angiogenesis in the cancer mass due to which the abnormal cells do not receive sufficient supply of blood and nutrients resulting in their death. Therefore, fenugreek seeds can help in the treatment of breast cancer through a variety of mechanisms such as inducing apoptosis, and chemo-preventive effects and by inhibiting angiogenesis.
These compounds also relieve the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and frequent mood fluctuations by simulating the action of estrogen whose production is reduced during menopause. Iron Deficiency Anemia Fenugreek contains an abundant amount of natural iron. Women prone to iron deficiency due to excessive menstrual flow caused by menorrhagia and polymenorrhea can also use fenugreek. It contains a high amount of iron and helps in preventing anemia. Lactation Promote Milk Production Lack of milk production is a problem faced by the women following the childbirth.
It can force them to bottle-feed the baby, which is not a preferred option as it deprives the baby of benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding ensures that the milk is at the body temperature, which is suitable for the baby.
The breast milk also contains natural antibodies that are passed from the mother to the baby and provide protection from infections. Breastfeeding also works as a natural method of contraception for the mother. However, the mother and the baby are deprived of these benefits when there is reduced milk production. Fenugreek can help in stimulating the production of milk in these women. Kidney Stones Some evidence suggests that fenugreek can help in preventing the formation of renal stones.
It works by reducing the amount of calcium oxalate in the kidneys. It is known that calcium oxalate can contribute to the formation of kidney stones by forming crystals. Fenugreek can also help in the expulsion of an existing kidney stone by increasing the production of urine. The higher amount of urine creates a pushing force in the ureters thus expelling the stone during urination.
Therefore, fenugreek seeds can be used by the patients with a history of kidney stones to prevent the recurrence. Antioxidant Effect Fenugreek seeds contain high levels of polyphenolic flavonoids, which possess strong antioxidant activity. Seeds contain a high amount of these flavonoids making fenugreek one of the most potent antioxidant herbs.
This property of fenugreek has been associated with the protection of erythrocytes from the damage caused by the free radicals. The administration of fenugreek seeds together with ethanol can accentuate its antioxidant activity, which helps prevent the harmful effects of alcohol on the liver. The antioxidant activity of fenugreek also helps to protect the body against the toxic effect of allergens, environmental pollutants, and the chemicals like preservatives and flavoring agents in foods.
These substances can cause damage to the DNA of the healthy tissues and stimulate an abnormal multiplication of the cells resulting in cancer. The strong antioxidant action of fenugreek can help prevent this by protecting the normal cells against the damage.
Cataract Prevention Fenugreek has been found to reduce the risk of cataract, especially in the patients with diabetes. The reduction in the cataract incidence has been observed in a study conducted on the diabetic rats that were treated with an extract of fenugreek leaves and seeds.
Obesity Weight Loss Obesity is the most common precursor to several chronic lifestyle disorders including stroke, myocardial infarction, hypertension, and even cancer. Most people fail at their weight loss efforts due to their inability to control hunger and cravings. Fenugreek can aid in weight loss with its natural soluble fiber content that can swell and create a sensation of fullness in the stomach. This increases the sense of satiety thereby suppressing the appetite.
It also ensures a lower intake of calories by the person. As a result, the body is deprived of its ready source of energy and prompted to utilize the stored fats for carrying out its various functions. This leads to the burning of fats resulting in a faster weight loss. Obese patients can use fenugreek along with lemon juice and water to control their appetite and attain their weight loss goals.
Acne Fenugreek produces a protective effect on the skin and soothes skin inflammation. It can help in reducing acne by controlling the damaging effect of dust, sun rays and other environmental pollutants on the skin with its strong antioxidant action. It also reduces scars and clears the skin. It can prevent blackheads, whiteheads, and wrinkles thus delaying the signs of aging.
It contains a high amount of vitamin C, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and aids in the treatment of several skin problems including burns, eczema, and boils. The application of fenugreek paste prepared with rosewater is helpful in cases of dark circles, acne, acne scars, and wrinkles.
It can also make a person feel fresh and energetic and reduce weakness caused by the fever. This effect can be accentuated by combining it with a teaspoonful of honey and lemon juice. Fenugreek can be used as a home remedy to prevent the general weakness caused by fever. Assisting in Labor Fenugreek works by stimulating the contractions of the uterus. Due to this effect, fenugreek is used to induce and ease the labor.
However, the potential of its action is unknown. According to Ayurveda, fenugreek seeds may not be suitable for people with Pitta body type because it is likely to increase the Pitta symptoms, heat sensation, and heat production in the body.
Due to this effect, some people also experience increased sweating after taking fenugreek seeds. Fenugreek Side Effects The most common side effect is loose stools when it is used for the first time. An excessive consumption of fenugreek Methi can cause a few unpleasant side effects Diarrhea Note: However, fenugreek is also used to treat diarrhea, but the case is very different.
It works when diarrhea is accompanied by mucus discharge in the stool, but the loose motions occur due to it because of fenugreek intolerance in some people. Unusual sweating common A headache only with higher dosage i.
Fenugreek (Methi) – Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Benefits, Uses & Side Effects
Soil pH6. This is a highly adaptable plant and can be easily grown in a variety of climatic conditions. Growing Guidelines Fenugreek requires planting in a position that enjoys full sun and has rich quality soil, with a pH between 6. Deep plowing is necessary before sowing fenugreek. The seedbed must be moist and fairly firm. It is best to plant fenugreek seeds in ground that has been treated with manure.