In the last entry we reviewed some of the most famous herbs. Now, we will review some more. Remember that most of them are contained in some good herbal supplements, easily available in the internet.


Fenugreek has LDL cholesterol and triglyceride lowering effects as well as strong anti-diabetic properties. Studies have shown the capabilities of defatted fenugreek seed powder to increase glucose tolerance and decrease fasting blood glucose in as few as one week.

The botanical name of fenugreek is trigonella foenum-graecum. Other common names include hu lu ba, greek hay, bird's foot, greek clover, meti. Fenugreek is undoubtedly one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants, and is native to Asia and the Mediterranean countries. Today fenugreek is widely cultivated in France, India, North Africa, Argentina, England and the United States.

Fenugreek is an annual herb, two feet tall, with trifoliate leaves. It blooms, in the early summer, white flowers tinged with violet. The seeds, contained in the flowers, give away a strong special aroma. The plant parts used are the leaves, if they are fresh, and the seeds.

Fenugreek therapeutic uses and benefits

Fenugreek is used to treat diabetes in adults and can help reduce cholesterol in the blood. It is also used as a herbal remedy to minimize the symptoms of menopause and the loss of appetite and anorexia. It can improve digestion, relieve minor stomach aches and diarrhea. A curious application is natural breast enhancement, due to its alleged capability to enlarge breast tissue.
The botanical name of fenugreek is trigonella foenum-graecum.

Another use through the ages is to increase sexual desire and for premature ejaculation treatment. Fenugreek may be helpful for treating memory loss and to slow down the aging process, as it contains choline. Among many other applications, respiratory desease symptoms as sore throat and coughs, bronchitis and asthma.

Potential side effects of fenugreek seeds

It may cause allergic reaction. In that case, one should seek medical attention and suspend treatment. It can also change both color and smell or urine, but this is not harmful. Pregnand women should not take it in any form. It can affect the absortion of other drugs due to its high fiber content; so it should not be used if you are on any kind of medication.


Goldenseal has strong insulin supporting effects and hypoglycemic properties. Its blood sugar lowering effects make it a good pre-meal supplement, to increase glucose tolerance.

The botanical name of Goldenseal is hydrastis canadensis. Other common names are eyebalm, orangeroot, yellow pucoon, eye root, ground raspberry, yellow root, indian dye, among others.

Goldenseal is found in the northeastern United States, at the edges of forests in moist, rich soil. It will prosper in partial sun and even shaded areas. Goldenseal grows to a height of about 30 centimeters, and is a perennial herb. It has a single hairy, stem and top with two 5-9 lobed leaves, which terminate in a single greenish-white flower. It has a strong odor and bitter taste. Goldenseal produces a fruit, similar to the raspberry but not edible. The plant part used is the root, for medicinal and herbal applications.

Therapeutic uses and benefits of the goldenseal root.

It is used as a treatment for some respiratory complaints such as sinus problems, stuffy nose, bronchitis, etc. and it is considered in general a good remedy for symptoms of the common cold. Also, in combination with other herbs, to help purify the kidneys and urinary tract, and to cleanse the body of toxins.

The goldenseal is also gaining esteem as a natural anti-diabetic treatment. It has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and to increase insulin production. This use as anti-diabetes must be closely monitored, due to goldenseal's tendency to raise blood pressure, which is a complication of diabetes.


Panax ginseng has many health promoting properties which can benefit all individuals. Those diabetics may benefit in various ways, including increased insulin secretion and the number of insulin receptors, a direct blood sugar control, and in general an increase in energy. Other problems that people with diabetes confront, concerning cardiovascular function and blood vessel health and tone, has also been shown to be supported by panax ginseng.

The botanical name is panax ginseng. There are many other common names for this plant, including Asiatic ginseng, Chinese ginseng, Japanese ginseng, Korean red ginseng, oriental ginseng, ren shen, guigai, ninjing, among many others.

This plant grows in Korea, Japan, Vietnam, China. It grows best in the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere. It reaches a height of up to one foot. The plant has yellowish-green flowers that grow in a circle around a straight stem. It blooms in midsummer. The fruit is a bright crimson berry that contains a few seeds the size of small peas. Sometimes this herb is referred to as a hand, due to its shape resembling a human body, with parts that look like arms and legs. The medicinal properties are found in both the leaves and the root.

It must be noted that there is a difference in the chemical composition of panax ginseng and American ginseng. In addition, eleuthero, formerly called Siberian ginseng, is a completely different species. These three herbs are not interchangeable.

The parts of the plant to be used are the leaves and the root.

Therapeutic uses and benefits of Panax Ginseng

Panax ginseng contains the so-called ginsenosides, active complex carbohydrates, with various capabilities, including stimulation of the nervous system, balance of metabolic processes, decrease of blood sugar, among others.

Panax ginseng may be considered useful as an anti-aging treatment, due to its capability to restore and maintain the cell's capacity to function.

In short, panax ginseng supports different functions of the body, and increases its resistance to biological, chemical and physical stress.

Panax ginseng has many other applications. For example, it lowers the blood alcohol contet by reducing absorption from the stomach, which is useful in cases of alcohol intoxication. It decreases senility and improves behavior and memory, which is useful for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Regular intake of panax ginseng reduces vulnerability to liver, pancreatic, lung, stomach and ovarian cancer. It has also been shown to increase beneficial HDL cholesterol and decrease harmful LDL cholesterol levels.

Panax ginseng lowers blood sugar levels, so it can be very important for people with type 2 diabetes.

It also boosts sexual vitality by increasing sperm production and clearly decreasing erectile dysfunction. For the immune system, panax ginseng helps fight off disease and infections. Panax ginseng has a long history of success in helping people to conquer stress. It also improves retention and concentration, especially when combined with ginkgo biloba, and enhances mental alertness.

Potential side effects.

In general it is safe to use for persons in good health. Nevertheless, this herb must be taken with prudence, preferably under qualified control, because misuse can cause headache, insomnia, vomiting, and elevation in blood pressure. For individuals who are taking medicinal drugs, the use of panax ginseng may cause falsely abnormal blood test results. It is not advisable to take panax ginseng when taking aspirin, other hypoglycemic agents, insulin, ibuprofen, and several other drugs. Neither is it in pregnancy or when suffering from mental disorders.
Therapeutic dosages.This is very important: use only standardized panax ginseng products. Follow carefully the directions on the prospectus. The daily dosages vary depending on the type of product: dried root, fresh root or liquid extract.

Most of these herbs are part of AyurGold, one of the best supplements for the treatment of diabetes mellitus, for its stimulating effects on the body secreting insulin and the enhancing of the effects of it.

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