T. Usha Kiran Reddy*, K. Keerthi, M. Rajani, C. Naveen Kumar Reddy, G. Sindhu, K. Thyagaraju
SVU College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, SV University, Tirupati-517502, A.P, India.
A B S T R A C T
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a medicinal plant with potential applications in the medicinal purposes. Fenugreek has been used in food as a flavouring agent since ancient times in many countries like Greece, Rome and Egypt. It has a special place in the traditional medical system. The seeds are rich sources of lipids, protein, mucilage, calcium, dietary fiber B vitamins, Iron, protease inhibitors and several steroid saponins, tiny amounts of alkaloid, furostanol glycosides and steroidal peptide. It has the ability to act as anti obesity, antibacterial, anti-ulcer, anti-cancer, anthelmintic (antagonistic effect against parasitic worms), and antinociceptive (pain-reducing) properties. In recent years, laboratory studies and clinical trials have focused on the potential activity of fenugreek as a natural medicine. The aim of the present review is to provide detailed information about pharmacognostical and pharmacological activities of fenugreek
Keywords: Fenugreek, pharmacognostical and pharmacological activities, hypolipidemic