Black Seed, Fenugreek, Fennel
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Annie
Posted on: June 19, 2000

I would like to know what are the prescribed dosages for the following herbs in dry ground form to be taken orally and how many times in a day should they be administered.

Black Seed or Fennel Flower (Nigella Sativa), Fenugreek and Fennel

Please send me any health information you have on these herbs and their side effects if any?

Fennel Flower or Black Seed (Nigella sativa): Mrs. M. Grieve in "A Modern Herbal" states that Fennel Flower is used in India as a stimulant, diaphoretic and to increase milk in nursing mothers. I don’t use this herb and have no information on its dosage.

Fenugreek: Fenugreek is known to reduce total cholesterol, while increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Other properties are: regulating blood sugar levels, anti-oxidant and digestive, creating a soothing protective coating on the intestinal tract. With these properties, it is used in diabetes, inflammatory bowel conditions, peptic ulcer, digestive problems, bronchitis and coughs. It is contraindicated in pregnancy, as it may cause abortion. Preparation: simmer 1 - 2 teaspoons of crushed seeds in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Take three times a day.

Fennel: Fennel seeds have beneficial effects on the digestive system. Taking fennel seed tea after meals helps to prevent flatulence and improve digestion. Fennel has estrogenic properties, and is used to increase breast milk in nursing mothers and as a menopausal aid. Preparation: steep 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed seeds in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Take as necessary or three times daily.

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