Fennel Seed

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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
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
*Always consult a qualified health professional before using herbal medicine, especially in conjunction with pharmaceuticals in therapeutic doses above those found in food amounts*

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