What is fenugreek?

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.