What is fennel?

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.