Thinning The Blood, And More, With Fenugreek

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The following information has been gathered and compiled through personal experience, while traveling, teaching classes that include T’ai Chi, Qi Gong, herbal information, martial arts and other health related subjects.  The article also contains feedback from students and anecdotal information from readers of my columns.  The following are my opinions and deductions from those sources.

There Are Natural Remedies For Thinning The Blood. 

Aspirin has side effects and isn’t effective for thinning the blood unless you eliminate, or severely limit, your intake of vitamin K. Vitamin K is a blood clotting agent that’s found in many foods. 

The herb Fenugreek can dissolve mucous that sticks blood cells together, has other benefits and has few, if any, toxic side effects.   

Fenugreek tea is beneficial in removing mucous buildup in the intestinal tract, lowering blood pressure (breaks up platelet aggregation and thins the blood) and contains choline which is a lipotropic (helps dissolve fat deposits).  Many researchers believe that choline is helpful in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s.  Fenugreek tea helps thin and desludge the blood, which facilitates the red platelets in carrying nutrients into, and wastes out of, the cells including the brain cells. 

When combined with vitamin A, fenugreek helps clear the sinuses and lungs.  Fenugreek helps control blood sugar in diabetics, as do Jerusalem artichokes.  Fenugreek dissolves intestinal plaque, helping to remedy and prevent constipation, and restores peristaltic action, plus soothes the entire intestinal tract helping to eliminate diarrhea.   Fenugreek seeds contain mucilage, a soft fiber that helps lower cholesterol. Fenugreek tea contains diosgenin, a semi-synthetic form of the female sex hormone estrogen and, when prepared as a special tea, is used for natural breast enlargement.   Because of the phytoestrogens it contains, it’s said to help with inhibited sexual desire in women, and has been used for centuries to increase milk production in nursing mothers.  

There doesn’t appear to be any information about fenugreek being used after menopause for hormone replacement but, considering the diosgenin and phytoestrogens, it might be helpful.

High blood pressure can be caused by sludgy blood.  In the world of herbs, there are many different natural remedies for high blood pressure.  Make some soup and see.  For best results, forget the can, make it fresh at home.

The following all have proven to lower blood pressure. Celery (4 stalks daily, a friend uses celery for relief of arthritis in his hands), studies on celery in China have shown it to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and is an effective treatment for coronary sclerosis, garlic (also lowers cholesterol), hawthorn extract (widens the arteries), kudzu (has 100 times the antioxidant activity of vitamin E), onion (some of the same properties as garlic), tomato (GABA and other compounds), broccoli (contains 6 beneficial compounds), carrot (8 compounds), purslane (high in magnesium which is essential for proper cardiac function), saffron (crocetin), fennel, oregano, black pepper, basil and tarragon.  Valerian tea has been used for centuries to lower blood pressure.

The Chinese have used food as a remedy for diseases for many centuries.  Black soybean, brown sugar (the real kind, which is almost unavailable, and not the highly refined type that has molasses or coloring added to make it brown), chestnut, eel blood, peach, saffron, sweet basil and red wine are all recommended for promoting blood circulation. 

Shiitake mushroom soup or tea is used in China and Japan to prevent arteriosclerosis.  Clinical studies indicated that shiitake mushroom lowered blood fat level in laboratory animals and counteracted cholesterol in humans.  In the late 80’s the Japanese approved shiitake mushroom extract as an anti-cancer agent.   

To disperse blood coagulation (clots and platelet aggregation) Chinese medicine foods include chives, chive root, crab, hawthorn fruit, saffron and vinegar
 
The above information has worldwide research backing.  Some uses go back as far as ancient Greece.  The following is anecdotal.

The following is said to remedy tinnitus, ringing in the ears, which can often be a symptom of high blood pressure.  Put 2 full soupspoons of fenugreek seeds in 3 cups of cold water and let it sit overnight. The next morning pour off a cup of tea and refill your container to the 3-cup mark with more cold water.  Drink a cup morning and evening and again replace the water.  After a few days the seeds lose their strength and need to be replaced with fresh seeds and the process starts over.  Fenugreek tea has a slight mapley taste but personally I don’t care for the bitter taste when it’s boiled.  We refrigerate the seeds while they’re soaking and after 4-5 days they’ve sprouted.  The sprouts can be added to soups, salads or on whole grain cereals for a sweet mapely taste.

Ref: Notes from various seminars, books and from talks with doctors and healers.  Much of the same information can be found in the many centuries old Chinese Herbal Book The Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica.

An authors note: I found fenugreek tea to help reduce tinnitus but I also have a tendency toward low blood pressure.  Fenugreek tea lowered my blood pressure even further. 

Is fenugreek tea a miracle cure?  No, nothing is but you might try it if you have any of the above problems.  There appear to be no contraindications with prescription drugs but if you’re on drugs, especially blood thinner, consult with your physician to get their opinion.  If they’ve never heard of it or pooh-pooh it, since this information is information for you to use as you see fit, use your judgement as to what you want to do.

Ref:  Folk Remedies, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) And Health Options From Around The World