Fructus Foeniculi


The fruit of Foeniculurn vulgare Mill., family Umbelliferae.

Fruit appearing as oblong cremocarp, 4-8 mm long; pericarp yellow-green, acutate at two ends; apexes with remaines of style, bases sometimes with fruit stalks. Two cremocarps mostly separated, a fruit valve oblong, protruding dorsally and flat ventrally, and with 5 longitudinal dorsal ridges. Aromatic in odour. Acrid in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to liver, kidney, spleen and stomach channels.

Expel cold and alleviate pain, disperse the depressed liver energy and regulate the stomach energy: For colic of cold type and orchidoptosis. Recently, used for ingutnal hernia, swelling of epididymis, hydrocele testis; also for stomach-cold syndrome with cold pain, and fullness in the epigastrium and abdomen, vomiting and poor appetite.

Pharmacological Action
1. An active component, anisaldehyde, increases the effect of streptomycm on experimental tuberculosis in mice.
2. Accelerating gastrointestinal penstalsis, and promoting eliminating of flatus.
3. Eliminating phlegm.

Administration Decoction: 3-9g.


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