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What is Fennel used for in Herbal Medicine?

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  • AHenry McCann, DAOM, Alternative/complementary Medicine, answered
    Fennel (known as Xiao Hui Xiang in Chinese) is an herb commonly used in Chinese medicine. In both the East and West fennel is used to help digestive problems such as nausea, bloating or lack of appetite. In addition in Chinese medicine fennel, which is seen as a warming herb, is commonly used to treat pain in the testicles or pain from hernias in the groin area. Interestingly, for this purpose in Chinese medicine, the herb is often first fried with salt before use.
  • ADavid Hoffmann, Integrative Medicine, answered

    Fennel is a celebrated herb in many cultures, from Western Europe to India.  It has been traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve bloating and flatulence, the pain associated with menstruation, and coughs associated with colds.


    Fennel stimulates digestion and appetite and is a very specific herbal remedy for gas and even colic in babies. It is similar to aniseed in its calming effect in bronchitis and other coughs, and is a good choice for flavoring cough remedies. Fennel seed (also known as fruit) is a commonly used herb to help increase milk flow in nursing mothers.


    Fennel tea may be used as a wash or as a compress to treat conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids.  Used externally, the essential oil eases muscular and rheumatic pains.  It is eaten in many popular cuisines, from Italian to Indian, and more.   Though popular as a spice added to food, Fennel is most often recommended as a tea, but is also made into a syrup or honey, and even a tincture or capsules.
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  • Infantile colic

    An emulsion of fennel seed oil and an herbal tea containing fennel have reduced infantile colic. Additional studies are warranted in order to confirm these findings.

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