Methi (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum): A Multifunctional Herbal Drug

Methi (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum): A Multifunctional Herbal Drug

Anju*, Mohammad Idris**

*Research Associate, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, New Delhi, India
**Principal & Head, PG Departments of Ilm-us-Saidla, Ayurvedic & Unani Tibbia College & Hospital, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, India

Herbal medicines are one kind of dietary supplement, and they are used for their scent, flavor, or therapeutic properties. Methi or Trigonella foenum-graecum (TFG) belonging to the family Fabaceae is an aromatic perennial herb which is cultivated throughout India. It is widely used in cosmetic and flavoring industries. It is included in the formulations used for cholasma, improving complexion and beautification. According to Unani classical literature, its suppository was made in conjunction with duck fat and introduced into the body to cure scirrhus of the uterus and its mouth opened up. It is extensively used for several human diseases mentioned in Unani system of medicine. Various scientific/ experimental studies have been performed presently on TFG namely, phytochemical, physicochemical, pharmacological and clinical studies. In this review, Various actions and clinical indications have been elaborated in the Unani classical literature and some properties namely Anti-inflammatory, An-diabetic, Antiarthritic, Antiglycemic, Antioxidant and Anti-stress activities have been revalidated in the light of recent scientific researches. Significant information about methi as a traditional herbal medicine is provided in this review.

Keywords: Methi, Hulba, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Unani System of medicine, Herbal drug.

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Anju, Mohammad Idris. Methi (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum): A Multifunctional Herbal Drug. Journal of Herbal Medicine Research, 2018,3:26.. DOI:10.28933/xxxxxx

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