Fenugreek is a revered herb in several herbal traditions, including Western herbalism, TCM, and Ayurveda. The seeds are widely recognized as a nutritive tonic for breastfeeding women and have been traditionally used in Ayurveda for this purpose; Western herbalism agrees with Ayurveda on their reliable galactagogue properties.
Studies show a variety of additional health benefits for Fenugreek, including blood sugar health, testosterone increasing, fat reducing, and HGH stimulating effects.
In Armenian folk medicine, Fenugreek tea is drunk for a one-week minimum after the symptoms of a cold have passed, to clear the body of excess mucus. It is considered a restorative for the senses (particularly smell and taste) and an expectorant for chronic coughs, as well as being helpful for allergies.
In the middle ages, this herb was called “Carduus benedictus,” after St. Benedict, the patron saint of poison antidotes. Meanwhile, a pamphlet written in 1578, a treatise on “pestilence” (the plague), extolled the virtues of blessed thistle for its treatment.
Since the 17th century, Blessed Thistle has been primarily recognized by herbalists as a remedy to enhance milk production in nursing women. It is an excellent digestive tonic for the anemic and weak and is especially good for lactating women with a low milk supply.
A lactation specialist in Toronto, Dr. Jack Newman writes about the effectiveness of blessed thistle and fenugreek when used together: “These two herbs seem to increase milk supply and increase the rate of milk flow.” He adds that their effects are additive: “Fenugreek and blessed thistle seem to work better if you take both, not just one or the other.” Dr. Newman notes that mothers generally notice an increase in milk production within 24-72 hours after starting the herbs. The herbs also work best for young babies within the first few weeks after birth.
Now in Convenient Capsules!
St. Francis has encapsulated a convenient 5:1 extract of fenugreek/blessed thistle.
Note that St. Francis has established the following uncompromisingly rigorous criteria for our capsules:
1. Edible solvents only – ethanol and/or water
2. Certified Organic ingredients and processes
3. Potent 5:1 extract ratios to maintain a convenient 2 caps per day dose (for advanced usage, it’s possible to go even higher).
Fenugreek & Blessed Thistle Vegicaps
Two classic herbs that provide marvellously effective lactation support for nursing mothers, as well as being a superb nutritive tonic and promoting healthy glucose levels
Primary: Lactation Support
Used in Herbal Medicine:
(1) as a nutritive tonic;
(2) as a galactagogue to help promote milk secretion;
(3) as supportive therapy for the promotion of healthy glucose levels;
(4) to help reduce elevated blood lipid levels (hyperlipidemia).