Principal Proposed Uses
The herb fennel has a long history of use as both food and medicine. Traditionally, it is said to act as a carminative, a term that means that it helps the body expel gas. Other traditional uses include increasing breast milk production, easing childbirth, soothing cough, promoting menstrual flow, soothing indigestion, and enhancing libido. Fennel is also a common ingredient in “gripe water,” a traditional (and highly alcoholic) preparation used for treating infant colic .
What Is Fennel Used for Today?
A typical dose of fennel is 1–1 1/2 teaspoons of seeds per day, either in capsules or as tea.
Maximum safe doses of fennel in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with severe liver or kidney disease have not been established.
Interactions You Should Know About
If you are taking:
- Drugs in the fluoroquinolone family, such as Cipro, do not use fennel.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -