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
also for stomach-cold syndrome with cold pain, and fullness in the epigastrium
and abdomen, vomiting and poor appetite.
1. An active component, anisaldehyde, increases the effect of streptomycm
on experimental tuberculosis in mice.
2. Accelerating gastrointestinal penstalsis, and promoting eliminating
3. Eliminating phlegm.