Fenugreek seed (Foenugraeci semen)

Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Bockshornsamen

Name of Drug

Foenugraeci semen, fenugreek.

Composition of Drug

Fenugreek consists of the ripe, dried seed of Trigonella foenum-graecum L. [Fam. Fabaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains mucilage and bitter principles.

Uses

Internal:

Loss of appetite. External:

As poultice for local inflammation. Contraindications None known.

Side Effects

Repeated external applications can result in undesirable skin reactions.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Internal:

6 g drug; equivalent preparations. External:

50 g powdered drug with ¬ľ liter water. Mode of Administration Liniments in the form of alcoholic solutions, ointments, gels, emulsions, oils. Also bath additive and as an inhalant.

Actions

Secretolytic
Hyperemic
Mild antiseptic.