Though there have not been many scientific studies to examine the health benefits of fenugreek for men, preliminary studies and circumstantial evidence have suggested that this herb may help with a number of different health issues. Traditionally, fenugreek has been used for digestive troubles in both men and women. It is also used to help stabilize blood sugar levels, lower fever, and relieve the pain caused by hernias. Recent studies have also suggested that it may be able to increase the male libido and to treat erectile dysfunction.
One study compared the use of this herb in 30 men against a placebo in 30 other men and found that, overall, the group who took fenugreek experienced an increase in sex drive, whereas men in the control group did not report any improvements. Though this was only a small study, the evidence gathered is promising. Scientists are hopeful that using this herb may be a safe, effective, and inexpensive treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Men who have had a hernia may also take fenugreek to help relieve some of the pain of this condition. Though there have not been any studies to confirm that there are any benefits to taking it, this herb has long been used to treat this disorder in regions where it grows naturally. Taken internally, fenugreek can be used to relieve pain from other conditions as well.
There is some evidence that suggests that this herb may provide a number of health benefits for men and women with diabetes. It is possible that fenugreek can lower blood sugar. If this is true, people who have diabetes may be able to eat it after a meal to help normalize their blood sugar, placing less stress on the body to restore levels to normal and decreasing the need for injectable insulin.
In both men and women, the most common use for fenugreek is as a digestive aid. This herb is commonly eaten after large meals to help decrease the uncomfortable feeling of being too full and to eliminate heartburn and indigestion. Patients with constipation, loss of appetite, and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract may also take it as a natural remedy. For mild gastrointestinal discomfort, using this herb as a home remedy is not problematic, though the effects have not been scientifically studied.