Does Fenugreek work?
Although not a new craze, as the herb was used by Hippocrates in the fourth century BC, Fenugreek has been labelled a sort of miracle herb with its numerous medicinal applications. According to numerous sources, the brown seeds can be used to increase breastmilk production for breastfeeding moms, and lower blood sugar and reduce the need for insulin. Probably as a result of this, the herb has now been hailed as a breast enhancement or enlargement drug, as well as cure for high-cholesterol. But does it really work?
Few studies have been conducted into the effects of the herb, and those that have been conducted have been limited and prelimenary. Early research though dies suggest its practical use for increasing lactation and limiting the rise in blood sugar that occurs after meals in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. At times though, Fenugreek is prescribed for high cholesterol, heartburn, baldness and erectile dysfunction as well as a range of digestive disorders.
Although there is not much research to back up the herb's claims, is may be effective for its purported applications. It is difficult to determine whether or not these effects are rare side-effects or not. Fenugreek is still largely experimental (despite claims that it has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries), necessitating clinical trials. Before taking the herb, whether as a medical supplement or adding to your meals, consult your doctor.