Fenugreek: Not Just an Aphrodisiac
NOT JUST AN APHRODISIAC
Ancient Egyptians and Hippocrates are known to have used this culinary spice found in many typical Indian and Middle Eastern food.
Women in harems are said to be made to eat its roasted seeds to make them symmetrically beautiful, whereas harem lords ate them as aphrodisiac.
This exotic spice is fenugreek or trigonella foenum-graecom, which means “Greek hay”, introduced to China via the southern province; the Chinese call it hu-la-pa, in the Far Eastern and Mediterranean countries, cattle is fed wit herb, and seeds are mixed with hay to improve the animals’ health and act as animal sex conditioner.
The Chinese have used fenugreek as medicine since the Tang Dynasty. The spice is highly regarded as tonic to the reproductive system. It has the reputation of having a generative effect on the sex organs. Hydrocele, a condition in which fluid collects in the sac around the testicles, is said to be cured by taking the tea of powdered fenugreek seeds.
The demulcent and carminative properties of fenugreek relieve stomach gas and intestines. To cure these conditions, simply sprinkle the powdered fenugreek seed over your food, or make tea out of it. Add one teaspoonful of the seeds in one cup of boiling water. Cover the cup and allow the mixture to stand for 15 minutes, then strain. This cup of tea is taken three times a day.
A person who suffered from peptic ulcer feel pains every time he ate raw fruits, fruit juices, and coffee was advice by a Chinese herbalist to drink a cup of tea made from fenugreek seeds before each meal. After three weeks of drinking the said tea, he no longer suffered from stomach distress. He continued this for several weeks more until he could eat those “forbidden foods” without experiencing excruciating pains.
What does fenugreek have which causes some sex rejuvenation? The seeds contain an aromatic oil rich in Vitamin A and D and similar composition as cod liver oil. Vitamin A and its connection with sperm count has been confirmed by many experiments on laboratory animals. For instance, a group of scientist in Denmark conducted some experiments with boars that were fed a diet low in Vitamin A. The animals’ sperm count dropped. Then daily injections of Vitamin A, varying from between 6,000 to 8,000 units restored the boars’ normal sperm count.
Fenugreek also contains trim thymine, which contributes to its sex rejuvenating property. This chemical naturally acts on frogs’ sex hormone causing them to prepare for matting. Fenugreek also contains protein and the substance trigonella, which prevents nutritional deficiencies.
Fenugreek seeds are the best remedy for furuncles, tumors, and swelling. The putrefied matter is extracted without pain. A poultice of the seed powder is used for skin irritations, gouty pains, neuralgia, and sciatica. Those who suffer from tuberculosis and are in convalescence from illness can benefit from fenugreek decoction. A decoction is prepared by simmering 10 grams of fenugreek seeds in one liter of water for 30 minutes. This releases its medicinal properties. Strain the decoction for use. This same decoction is good for gargles, for diphtheria, throat inflammation, and mouth ulcers. Drink two cups per day.
An irritated bladder is soothed by fenugreek. Those who are harassed by the “night rising” problem or getting up frequently at night to urinate can put to a stop to the distressful condition with fenugreek medications.
Consumption of fenugreek seeds also helps clear mucus congestion. Experimental results show that its seeds can improve sugar control in the body. Incidentally, fenugreek seeds are also used to flavor imitation maple syrups. The powdered form of fenugreek seeds can also be used in soaps, broths, and vegetable or fruit juices.
Health food stores sell fenugreek in its tablet form. For ailments cured by this spice, take eight to 10 tablets a day. People today can derive much from the ways of the ancient, in this case, the fenugreek way.