Fenugreek is a bean-like plant that grows throughout Asia and features widely in Indian cooking. Fenugreek is not the cause of kidneys. On the contrary, it has been proved beneficial for protecting against the development of kidney stones.
● Benefit of fenugreek on kidney stone
Fenugreek may protect against the development of kidney stones, according to a laboratory study published in “Phytotherapy Research” in 2007. Fenugreek was given to laboratory animals to prevent the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones. Results showed that animals who received fenugreek supplementation, had significant less calcification in their kidneys and less total calcium in the kidney tissue, compared with untreated animals. The authors concluded that fenugreek may be useful in the treatment of kidney stones.
● Side effects of fenugreek
Fenugreek is used as a culinary spice as well as an herbal remedy. Apart from the function of decreasing kidney stone formation, it is also used to lower blood glucose levels, and relieve constipation. In higher doses, fenugreek can stimulate the uterus to contract, so don't take fenugreek if you are pregnant. Fenugreek can cause low blood sugar, so it should only be used under medical supervision, especially if you are diabetic. Other side effects include a maple syrup odor in your urine or sweat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and excess gas. Do not take fenugreek if you take blood thinners or have a blood clotting disorder or kidney disease.
Although fenugreek has some side effect, you can take it without causing any problem if you are supervised by your doctor. Talk with him or her about your illness to check whether you are suitable for this herb. We can also help you.