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Methi Seeds – Natural Antidote for Diabetes, Constipation and Gout

Updated on January 14, 2013

Methi seed (Fenugreek in English) may be small in size but packs lot of power if you want to control diseases like constipation, diabetes and Gout. Methi seeds are also useful for eliminating sticky cough through the stool. Many skin diseases are caused by infections of blood. Taking methi can work as cure for eczema and also as natural laxative.

In India methi seeds were part of construction material for buildings and palaces in the olden times and those buildings are still intact. Similarly taking methi seeds regularly make us healthier even in advanced age.

Methi seeds are taken in powdered form in sweets especially made in winters as it has its own heat which protects the body from many seasonal diseases including cough in the winter and provides strength to the body.

Many people have the tendency to catch cough very easily which can also lead to constipation. The reason for this is when the cough becomes sticky and sticks to the intestines, the intestines lose their flexibility and the peristaltic movement becomes weak. Intestine is not able to absorb the nutrients and the water flow between the food being digested and the intestines gets obstructed. This causes constipation.

If you suffer from constipation due to cough or even otherwise, methi seeds can do wonders for you. When you take methi seeds with water, it absorbs water and swells and then when it passes through the intestines, it takes the sticky feces and the cough along with it and passes out with the stool. This helps in curing constipation and eliminates cough effectively.

If your parents or grandparents have diabetes, there is a high probability that you can also get affected by this deadly disease. Here also methi can prove to be your savior. From early age start taking methi seeds and you will be spared of diabetes.

Methi seed also purifies the blood hence this cures many diseases which are caused by infection of the blood including skin diseases and gout.

Taking methi is affordable to anyone and thousands of people have benefited from consuming this. You can also benefit from this wonderful seed and stay healthy for long time.

Common ways to take the methi seeds is as follows

1. Take two spoons of methi seeds and soak in the water in the evening. In the morning chew the seeds and drink the water. This is good for purifying the blood and diabetes.

2. Take one tea spoons powdered methi seeds and take it butter milk in the morning and evening,

3. Mix the methi seed powder in the flour used for making chapatti or bread. This will then automatically become part of your diet.

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      Guest 

      5 years ago

      Hi.. The coriander seeds are different but there are two types of fenugreek in Punjabi called methi and methe. So which seeds are most useful methi or methe.

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      Nilendu 

      6 years ago

      Methi is yellow in color the round one is coriander...

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      Sam 

      6 years ago

      one is metha yellow seeds other is methi round seeds. Are they same or different

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      Nilendu 

      6 years ago

      Hi Vikas,

      Let me know if you have any questions...

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      vikas 

      6 years ago

      Kindly call m if possible thx

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      niki 

      6 years ago

      What is fenugreek?

      The use of fenugreek in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

      Fenugreek is also known as Trigonella foenum-graecum, Greek hay seed, and bird's foot.

      Fenugreek is a commonly used flavoring agent and food product. Fenugreek is also available as an herbal supplement. The information contained in this leaflet refers to the use of fenugreek as an herbal supplement. When used as a food product, the benefits and potential side effects of fenugreek may be less pronounced than when it is used as an herbal supplement.

      Fenugreek has been used orally for loss of appetite and stomach complaints. Fenugreek has also been used topically (on the skin) to treat inflammation, boils, wounds, and eczema.

      Fenugreek has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of fenugreek may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

      Fenugreek may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

      What is the most important information I should know about fenugreek?

      Fenugreek is a commonly used flavoring agent and food product. Fenugreek is also available as an herbal supplement. The information contained in this leaflet refers to the use of fenugreek as an herbal supplement. When used as a food product, the benefits and potential side effects of fenugreek may be less pronounced than when it is used as an herbal supplement.

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      Do not take fenugreek without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder or diabetes, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat a blood clotting disorder or diabetes. Fenugreek has been reported to affect blood clotting and blood sugar levels.

      Fenugreek has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of fenugreek may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

      What should I discuss with my health care provider before using fenugreek?

      Do not take fenugreek without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder or diabetes, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat a blood clotting disorder or diabetes. Fenugreek has been reported to affect blood clotting and blood sugar levels.

      Also, talk to your doctor before taking fenugreek if you have any other medical conditions, if you take medicines or herbal/health supplements other than those previously listed, or if you suffer from allergies (especially to plants). Fenugreek may not be recommended in some situations.

      Do not take fenugreek supplements without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. It is not known whether fenugreek will harm an unborn baby. The amount of fenugreek customarily used in foods is not reported to be problematic.

      Do not take fenugreek without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether fenugreek will harm a nursing infant. The amount of fenugreek customarily used in foods is not reported to be problematic.

      There is no information available regarding the use of fenugreek supplements by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

      How should I take fenugreek?

      The use of fenugreek in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

      If you choose to take fenugreek, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

      Standardized extracts, tinctures, and solid formulations of herbal/health supplements may provide a more reliable dose of the product.

      Take the pill forms of fenugreek with a full glass of water.

      To ensure the correct dose, measure the liquid forms of fenugreek with a dropper or a dose-measuring spoon or cup.

      Some forms of fenugreek can be brewed to form a tea for drinking.

      Topical forms of fenugreek are intended for external use only.

      Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, topical formulations, teas, tinctures, and others) of fenugreek at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of fenugreek.

      Store fenugreek as directed on the package. In general, fenugreek should be protected from light and moisture.

      What happens if I miss a dose?

      Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra fenugreek to make up the missed dose.

      What happens if I overdose?

      Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

      What should I avoid while taking fenugreek?

      Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

      Fenugreek side effects

      Although uncommon, allergic reactions to fenugreek have been reported. Stop taking fenugreek and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

      Fenugreek may change the color and smell of the urine. Although this is not harmful, your doctor may question this change in color or odor since it may be similar to that caused by the metabolic disorder "maple syrup urine disease".

      This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

      What other drugs will affect fenugreek?

      Do not take fenugreek without first talking to your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

      a medicine to control blood sugar levels such as insulin, glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Glynase, Diabeta, Micronase), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), tolbutamide (Orinase), tolazamide (Tolinase), troglitazone (Rezulin), rosiglitazone (Avandia), repaglinide (Prandin), metformin (Glucophage), and others;

      warfarin (Coumadin);

      aspirin;

      a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, others), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, others), ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Orudis), indomethacin (Indocin), etodolac (Lodine), nabumetone (Relafen), oxaprozin (Daypro), piroxicam (Feldene), sulindac (Clinoril), tolmetin (Tolectin), and others;

      ardeparin (Normiflo);

      dalteparin (Fragmin);

      danaparoid (Orgaran);

      enoxaparin (Lovenox);

      heparin; or

      a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor including isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or phenelzine (Nardil).

      You may not be able to take fenugreek, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring while taking fenugreek if you are taking any of the medi

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