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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.
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