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Generic Name: fennel (Pronunciation: FEH nell)

What is fennel ()?

The use of fennel in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Fennel is also known as Foeniculum vulgare, large fennel, sweet fennel, wild fennel, fenkel, bitter fennel, carosella, Florence fennel, finocchio, and garden fennel.

Fennel has been used to treat cough, bronchitis, stomach discomfort, flatulence, and sinus congestion. Fennel has also been used to stimulate lactation.

Fennel has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of fennel may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Fennel may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

What are the possible side effects of fennel ()?

Although rare, allergic reactions to fennel may occur. Stop taking fennel and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Rash and increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight has also been reported with the use of fennel.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about fennel ()?

Do not take fennel without first talking to your doctor if you have epilepsy or another seizure disorder or if you take any medication to treat seizures. Fennel may increase the risk of seizures.

Fennel has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of fennel may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.



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