Fennel Seed

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Fennel

Part: Seed

Scientific name: Foeniculum vulgare

Energy: (Slightly) warming

Taste: Sweet, pungent, aromatic, acrid

Western herbalism:   Parsley family (Apiaceae), can contain up to 6% essential oil, and does contain fixed oil, and flavonoids, among other medicinal constituents

Main uses:   mild expectorant, antispasmodic, effects beta-2 receptors causing vasodilation, relaxation of the intestinal tract, as well as uterus relaxation, dilation of the bronchioles, and relaxation of the bladder, also used for anti-inflammatory effects, as a galactagogue, carminative, contains phytoestrogens, and used for flavoring

Traditional Chinese Medicine:   Chinese name – XIAO HUI XIANG

Main uses:   used to move stagnant Liver Qi and warm the Spleen and Stomach, reduces abdominal coldness and helps relieve pain due to cold stagnation in testes

Ayurvedic/Indian:

Dosha effects: Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Main uses: Used as a carminative for digestion, flatulence and colic in infants, antispasmodic for digestive upset and coughs, anti-inflammatory, helps with the production of breast milk in lactating mothers, phytoestrogenic, mild expectorant, and helps mildly induce the onset of menses

Cautions: possible cautioned use in pregnancy, essential oil can be overused and cause seizures, vomiting, and pulmonary edema

Preparation and dosage:

Tea- 1tsp of crushed seeds, Powder- Acute condition- up to 12grams/day     Chronic condition- 1-2grams/day,     Tincture- 1:4 – 10 to 60 drops 4 times/day

 

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