has been used as a medicinal herb since the time of the ancient Egyptians.
It is an excellent digestive aid. It has been shown to relieve intestinal
spasms and cramping in the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract. It
has been used in the treatment of digestive problems including
indigestion, gas pains, irritable bowel syndrome, and infant colic. It is
used to treat liver diseases and problems.
The antispasmodic effect of fennel may help to relax other smooth muscles
in the body including the uterus. Fennel simulates the effect of estrogen
in the system. It has traditionally been used to stimulate menstruation
and milk production in nursing mothers. It has also been used to treat
conditions associated hormonal imbalance in women, including PMS,
menopause and low milk production. It is also used for breast enhancement.
Fennel has also been used as a decongestant for those suffering from
bronchitis. Its antihistamine properties make it useful to treat
This herb has a reputation as an appetite suppressant and promoter of
weight-loss. It does have some diuretic effect and may help reduce water