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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Methi, Jyoti, Chandrika, Mantha  
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English: Fenugreek  
Botanical: Trigonella foenum-graecum  
Hindi: Methi  
Telugu: Mentulu  
Common names:  Venthium, Kairavi, Vallari, Uluva, Methun
Family name: Leguminosae  

2. Parts used:

  • Seeds.
  • Leaves.

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Mathura.
  • Vipaka: Katu.

4. Uses:


  • The major use of fenugreek is in curry powders, figuring in many mixtures, especially vindaloo and the hot curries of Sri Lanka.
  • It is an ingredient of Panch phoron, the Indian five-spice mixture.


  • It helps in the process of digestion.
  • Good remedy for diabetes.
  • Balances insulin.
  • It also lowers blood pressure.
  • It eases stomach trouble.
  • Aphrodisiac in nature.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Sookshamapatra: The plant with small leaves.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Balya: Gives strength.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Srijanakalpavalli.

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