Large amount diostenin in the seeds is used as raw material for extraction of synthetic hormones.
Powdered seeds cause gastric and intestinal secretions and act as appetite enhancing, smoothing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic remedy. Lowers blood sugar and improves metabolism. It is used in diabetes as enhancing tool for fatigue in PP vitamin deficiency. In the Bulgarian folk medicine it is used for cough, hemorrhoids, treatment of diabetes, as a laxative, astringent and sexually arousing remedy.
It is taken in the form of infusion: 1 tablespoon finely triturated seeds, pour 400 ml boiling water, allow to soak for 2 hours, filtered through a paper filter and taken by 100 ml 4 times a day before meals.
Externally in the form of hot porridge its applied to open sores, swelling in rheumatism, gout, boils, eczema. In Germany and France is used as a medicinal plant in homeopathy.
Fenugreek takes odors easily, so it must be kept separate from other spices.
Fenugreek leaves (per 100 g of edible portion) contain the following nutrients:
- Carbohydrates: 6.0 g
- Protein: 4.4 g
- Fat: 0.9 g
- Minerals: 1.5 g
- Calcium: 395 mg
- Phosphorus: 51 mg
- Iron: 1.93 mg
- Total energy: 49 kcal