You must have noticed that often the waiters give fennel seeds after eating food in the restaurant. Fennel is also used in many ways in homes, so you must be consuming equal fennel. In fact, a small-looking fennel is very beneficial, but most people may not know much about the use of fennel.
Fennel seeds calms vata and bile, increases appetite, digests food, increases semen. It is beneficial for heart, brain and body. It provides benefit in rheumatism, sores, pain, eye diseases, vaginal pain, indigestion, constipation etc. Along with this, it also helps in curing diseases such as worms, thirst, vomiting, dysentery, hemorrhoids, TB etc. in the stomach.
What is Saunf ?
The use of fennel seeds has been used since ancient times as a mouth cleanser and as a domestic medicine. Its plant is about one meter high and fragrant. Its leaves are also used as a vegetable. In the Mediterranean, a plant similar to fennel is found which is called aniseed. It is used in Italian food.
Name of Saunf in Different Languages
The botanical name of anise (sauf) is Foeniculum vulgare Mill., Syn-Foeniculum officinale All. Anethum foeniculum Linn.) And is of the Apiaceae (Apiaceae) clan. Fennel is also known worldwide by these names: –
Saunf in –
- English – Bitter fennel, Common fennel, Indian sweet fennel, Fennel fruit (Fennel fruit)
- Hindi – fennel, big fennel (badi saunf)
- Marathi – Badi sepu, Saunf
- Sanskrit – Chhatra, Shaleya, Shaleen, Mishreya, Madhurika, Egypt
- Urdu – Panamadhuri
- Kannada – Badisopu, Sabbsige
- Gujarati – Variyaali, Valiaari
- Telugu – Sopu, Pedhyajilkurra
- Tamil – Sohikire, Shoumbu
- Bengali – Mouri, Pan mori
- Punjabi – Sompu, Saunf
- Malayalam – Perumjikam, Kattusatkuppa
- Nepali – Madesi saunf
- Arabic – Ejiyanaj, Aslul Ejiyanaj
- Persian – Razianaj, Rajyana
What is fennel used for?
It is used for digestive problems such as stomach irritation, gas, flatulence and stomach ache in children. Apart from this, it is also used in problems such as breathing problems, cough-cold, backache and urination in bed. The fennel flavor is cold. It is rich in calcium, sodium, iron and potassium. Apart from this, it is also used for its fragrance.
Some women also use fennel to increase the flow of milk to the breasts, to cure menstruation, to ease the process of giving birth, and to increase mating capacity. For your information, please tell that in some cases its powder is also used as a snake bite treatment.
How does fennel work?
It works as a medicine. There is not much study yet for this doctor. However, in some studies it is clear that fennel acts to kill many dangerous bacteria, such as Aerobatic aerogens, Bacillus subtilis, E.coli, Proteus vulgarli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus albias and Staphylococcus aureus etc. In addition, fennel has antimicrobial properties and also increases estrogen hormone in women.
Take care of skin
The anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-allergic properties present in fennel help to take care of the skin. Taking the steam of fennel helps to maintain the texture of the facial skin.
Morning sickness away
Morning sickness during pregnancy can be overcome with fennel. Apart from this, it also controls symptoms like vomiting and nausea. However, please consult your doctor before consuming it during pregnancy.
According to studies conducted, the oil found in fennel is very effective for the treatment of diabetes. It helps in controlling the blood by reducing the amount of sugar in it. Also, the antioxidant properties found in fennel reduce cholesterol levels.
The fennel plant has many beneficial elements that can help protect against serious and chronic diseases. It also includes some types of cancer. Fennel contains anethole, which has been found to have cancer-fighting properties.
A test tube study found that anethole prevents cancer cells from growing. At the same time, other test tube studies found that fennel extract prevents the spread of breast cancer cells in the human body and helps to destroy cancer cells.
Studies on animals have also revealed that fennel extract may help prevent breast and liver cancer.
Beneficial for breastfeeding women
Fennel has galactogenic properties, which help to make more milk in the breast. According to research, the anethols present in fennel, such as dienethole and photoanethole, have galactogenic effects.
Fennel can increase milk secretion and increase blood levels of prolactin. This hormone indicates to make the body more breast milk.
However, fennel has no effect on milk secretion in other studies. Even women who consumed fennel seed milk tea. Problems such as weight loss and difficulty in drinking milk have been observed in their newborn. For this reason, women who want to breastfeed should consult a doctor before consuming fennel to increase the amount of milk.
Loss of appetite
Fennel not only increases the taste of food but also reduces hunger. In a study, 9 healthy women were given 2 grams of fennel daily before lunch and 250 ml tea to drink. This made these women less hungry and consumed fewer calories than women who took placebo tea.
Essential oil of fennel contains anethole, which can help prevent hunger from increasing.
Another study of 47 women found that women who took a supplement of 300 mg of fennel extract daily for 12 weeks gained less weight than women in the group who took placebo. However, more research needs to be done in this context.
Other benefits of fennel
Fennel seeds also have antibacterial properties, which prevents harmful bacteria and yeast from growing. It contains antioxidants, including vitamin C and quercetin. This can help reduce inflammation.
According to a study done on animals, fennel extract also prevents the memory from being weakened. In addition, a review of 10 studies noted that fennel improves sexual function and women who have reached menopause feel satisfied. Along with this, it also provides relief from problems like hot flashes, vaginal itching, vaginal dryness, pain during sex, and trouble sleeping.
Helpful in treating hernia
Its seeds is also used in the treatment of hernia. However, there is still a need to do proper studies in this direction.
Precautions and Warnings Using Fennel Seed In
Fennel should be stored in a closed container. It should be kept away from moisture and heat.
If anyone has a problem of hyper-sensitivity, then the use of fennel should be stopped immediately and anti-histamine should be taken or treated.
The rules related to the use of herbal supplements are not as strict as the rules of medicine. Rules related to their usefulness and security still need further research. It is important to compare its advantages and disadvantages before using this herbal supplement.
How safe is it to use fennel?
- There is not much information about how beneficial it is for pregnant women. Therefore, pregnant women should avoid its intake.
- Its use can be dangerous for breastfeeding women. If a breastfeeding woman uses an herbal beverage that contains aniseed, there may be a problem with her baby’s nervous system.
- Oil made from this should also not be used on a newborn or a small child. If someone is allergic to fennel, they should not consume it and stop using it for some time
- Bleeding problem
- Hormone related problems like breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroids etc.
Side effect of Using Fennel Seed
- Seizure outbreak
- Vomiting, nausea, irritability
- Hyper sensitivity, hyper-sensitivity, skin allergies, photosensitivity
- Pulmonary edema, hormone-associated cancer
Fennel Seed Doses In
Generally, it should be taken from five to seven grams and the oil made from fennel should be used only from 0. 1 to 0. 6 mL.
Its dose may be different for every patient. The dosage you take depends on your age, health and many things. Herbal supplements are not always safe.
In what forms is fennel available?
This herbal supplement is available in many forms: dry fruits, essential oil, extract, tablet, tincture and decoction.
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.