Recently I was on the phone relating an incident to an Indian friend. I said, ” You know, I think that I am experiencing my first old age ache and pain.” I’ve been blessed with good health and have arrived at this point with little distress but the twinge in my hip that comes and goes is now hard to ignore. My friend started to tell me about an older Indian woman friend of hers who takes fenugreek daily to eliminate the aches and pains associated with arthritis. She swears by this and my friend says that she is living proof that it is effective. I asked my friend for the recipe. I happen to have some fenugreek seeds in my cupboard and followed her instructions. I measured out 1 tablespoon of the golden-colored seeds, dropped them into an 8 oz glass of water and allowed them to soak overnight. The following morning, I strained them, saved the used seeds and drank the lightly colored water. It didn’t taste medicinal, in fact, it has a pleasant flavor. Some say it tastes like maple syrup with a hint of celery. I re-soaked the used seeds and drank the water in the evening. I am now doing this every day and night.
Within two days the pain in my hip all but vanished. Maybe it is the result of the power of positive thinking or the placebo effect. I don’t really know. The pain is gone. That is real. I started to read about fenugreek. This is what I found:
Fenugreek was used in India and China for centuries and is beginning to gain recognition in the West. Fenugreek is used to treat:
Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
Promote Heart Health-may help to prevent cardiovascular disease
Aid Digestion, Constipation, Heartburn & help with Reflux-help to prevent colon cancer
Increase Male and Female Libido
Reduce Skin Inflammation, including Eczema, Gout, Boils and Burns
Ease Flu Symptoms, Fever & Sore Throat
Treat Menopause-Reduce Hot Flashes & Insomnia
Hair Loss & Dandruff
Asthma & Bronchitis
Help to Enlarge Breasts
It does sound unbelievable. I am so blown away by what I’ve read that I just have to share this with you. I don’t want to get too scientific because I am not a scientist. But you should know that the seeds contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium and diosgenins, the compound that is similar to estrogen. Other active ingredients are alkoloids, lysine and L-tryptophan. It is also considered as a very powerful source of antioxidants and is one of the richest sources of phytoestrogens available.
There are many different ways to take fenugreek: making a tea, grinding up the seeds and making a paste and soaking the seeds as I mentioned, just to name a few. Sometimes I use the fenugreek water in cooking. I’ll add it to my rice water or in soup or couscous and cook with the already soaked seeds too. I am in awe of nature’s bounty and all the gifts that nature bestows on us.