INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Foeniculi
Common English: Fennel Fruit
Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Acrid
Warm
Liver
Kidney
Spleen
Stomach
3-12g
Tincture: 2-4ml
Essential Oil: 2-4 drops in warm water
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Warms the Liver and Kidneys, expels Cold and alleviates pain

Cold in the Lower Jiao with lower abdominal pain

Cold Invades the Liver Channel with Cold bulging disorders

Regulates Qi and harmonizes the Stomach

Stomach Cold with abdominal pain, indigestion, reduced appetite and vomiting

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Contraindicated for those with Stomach Fire.
  • Use caution during pregnancy.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • This herb may affect the absorption rate of ciprofloxacin.

Cx. Cinnamomi
Rou Gui
Rx. Linderae
Wu Yao

Sm. Litchi
Li Zhi He
Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi

Sm. Litchi
Li Zhi He
Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi

Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu
Lignum Aquilariae
Chen Xiang

Sharp, localized, lower abdominal pain that is aggravated by Cold.

Abdominal and testicular pain and prolapse due to Cold.

Running Piglet disorder.

Abdominal and testicular pain and prolapse due to severe Cold.

Running Piglet disorder due to severe Cold.

Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Cx. Eucommiae
Du Zhong
Sm. Trigonellae
Hu Lu Ba
(Fr. Psoraliae)
(Bu Gu Zhi)

Rz. Zingiberis Recens
Sheng Jiang
Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang

or

Rz. Zingiberis Recens
Sheng Jiang
Cx. Magnoliae
Hou Po

Bulging disorders that have transformed into Heat.

Lower back pain from Kidney Deficiency.

Vomiting and anorexia due to Stomach Cold.

Ram. Cinnamomi
Gui Zhi
Rz. Alpiniae Officinarum
Gao Liang Jiang
Rz. Corydalis
Yan Hu Suo

Fr. Psoraliae
Bu Gu Zhi

Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi

Spasmodic epigastric pain due to Spleen Deficiency with Qi and Blood Stagnation.

Kidney Yang Deficiency with clear, frequent, profuse urination or spermatorrhea or dysmenorrhea with lower back ache, late periods and coldness in the lower abdomen.

Spleen Yang Deficiency or Stomach Cold with epigastric distention, anorexia, nausea, explosive diarrhea or unformed stools with gripping abdominal pain.

Strongly stops pain and regulates Qi to treat bulging disorders and mobile masses in the lower abdomen.

Sm. Trigonellae
Hu Lu Ba

Sm. Pharbitidis
Qian Niu Zi

Sm. Litchi
Li Zhi He
Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi

Rx. Linderae
Wu Yao

Cold-type bulging disorders and abdominal distention due to Cold.

Cold dysmenorrhea with painful abdominal distention.

Drains pathogenic Yin to disperse Cold, reduce swelling, alleviate pain in the treatment of Cold-Damp bulging disorder with scrotal swelling and sensations of dragging pain, constipation and urinary difficulty due to Deficiency, Cold in the Lower Jiao with Qi Stagnation and Water Accumulation.

Hernia.

Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu
Cx. Cinnamomi
Rou Gui
Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum
Chen Xiang

Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi

Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Sm. Litchi
Li Zhi He
Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi

Cold hernial disorders.

Heat-related hernial disorders with Heat symptoms and burning pain.

Swelling and hardness of the scrotum.

Rz. Zingiberis
Gan Jiang
Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang

Massa Medicata Fermentata
Shen Qu
Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren
Fr. Hordei Germinatus
Mai Ya

 

Qi Stagnation in the Middle Jiao.

Indigestion and fullness after meals.

 

  1. This herb is usually used with Rz. Zingiberis Officinalis Gan Jiang for Cold in the Liver Channel.
  2. This herb is used for dispelling abdominal Cold that produces distention, pain and digestive disturbance. It is also a reproductive tonic.
  3. It can be heated and applied topically to the scrotum and abdomen for cold hernial disorders.
  4. This is the common spice used in cooking.
  5. Both Xiao Hui Xiang and Rx. Linderae Wu Yao are acrid, warm and aromatic. Wu Yao disseminates and unblocks the Qi, mobilizes the Spleen and Lungs and pervades the Liver, Kidneys and Bladder. It smooths and descends Qi, disperses Cold and alleviates pain by dredging and unblocking rebellious Qi in the chest and abdomen. Xiao Hui Xiang does not reach the upper Jiao, but addresses the Middle and Lower Jiaos. It descends Qi to settle nausea, disperse Cold and alleviate abdominal pain, but is particularly noted for its ability to treat bulging disorders.
  6. Both Xiao Hui Xiang and Sm. Trigonellae Hu Lu Ba are aromatic, warm, expel Lower Jiao Cold and treat bulging disorders and are often used together. Xiao Hui Xiang enters the Middle Jiao to enhance appetite, settle nausea and alleviate abdominal pain and distention and enters the Lower Jiao to warm and treat all types of bulging disorders. It can be excessively drying in large doses. Hu Lu Ba is limited to the Lower Jiao and is basically a strongly warming Yang tonic with a mild aroma that drives out lurking Cold Qi accumulated in the Lower Jiao.
  7. Dried Fennel Chao Hui Xiang is not as strong at mobilizing, but is stronger at warming and adjusting the Middle and awakening the Spleen. It is often used to treat nausea and vomiting due to Stomach Cold or anorexia due to Spleen Deficiency.
  8. Salt-fried Fennel Yan Hui Xiang is stronger at descending into the Kidneys to warm and disperse pathogenic Cold in the Lower Jiao.