Fenugreek

(rINN)

💊 Chemical information

Bockhornsfrö; Bockshornsame; Faenum-Graecum; Fenogreco; Fenugrec; Görögszénamag; Greek hay; Ožragiu se˙klos; Sarviapilansiemen; Semen Foenugraeci; Semen Trigonellae; Semeno pískavice řeckého sena; Trigonella Foenugraeci Semen; Trigonellae foenugraeci semen.

Pharmacopoeias.

In Chin. and Eur..

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Fenugreek). The dried ripe seeds of Trigonella foenum-graecum. It has a strong characteristic odour. Protect from light.

💊 Profile

Fenugreek has been used as an appetite stimulant and as an ingredient in preparations for respiratory disorders. It also has emollient properties.

Adverse effects.

Loss of consciousness occurred in a 5-weekold infant after ingestion of a herbal tea containing fenugreek.1On recovery the infant and his urine had an aroma characteristic of that found in ‘maple syrup urine disease’, an inborn condition involving defective metabolism of branched-chain amino acids. Further investigation revealed that the infant did not have the disease; the aroma was due to the presence of sotolone in the fenugreek seeds used to prepare the tea.
1. Sewell AC, et al. False diagnosis of maple syrup urine disease owing to ingestion of herbal tea. N Engl J Med 1999; 341: 769.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Fr.: Fenugrene; Sthenorex†. Multi-ingredient: Austral.: Bilberry Plus; Garlic and Horseradish + C Complex; Panax Complex†; Fr.: Phytheol; India: Happy’tizer; Indon.: Provigor; Malaysia: Horseradish Plus†.
Published May 08, 2019.