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Fennel 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 allergies.

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 retention.


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