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What are fenugreek pills used for?

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Fenugreek pills are made from fenugreek seeds, which are used to induce labor in pregnant women, support breast milk production and treat menopause symptoms, according to Dr. Weil. They are also used to treat loss of appetite, upset stomach, gastritis, constipation, hardening of the arteries and high cholesterol, according to WebMD.

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Other uses of fenugreek seeds, as stated by WebMD, include treating kidney ailments, the vitamin deficiency disease beriberi, mouth ulcers, boils, bronchitis, cellulitis, tuberculosis, chronic cough, chapped lips, baldness, diabetes and cancer, and the seeds are used in men to treat hernia and erectile dysfunction. The ground seeds can be warmed, wrapped in a cloth and applied to the skin to treat pain and swelling of the skin and lymph nodes, muscle pain, and pain from gout, wounds, leg ulcers and eczema.

According to the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, fenugreek seeds have been shown in small studies to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. They slow the absorption of sugar and boost the production of insulin, according to WebMD. No other uses of fenugreek seeds have been proven, although it has been used medicinally as far back as 1500 B.C., when fenugreek use was first recorded in ancient Egypt, as stated by the NCCAM.

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