Source Fennel Fruit is the dried fruit of Foeniculurn vulgare Mill., (Fam. Umbelliferae.)

Producing Areas Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang, etc.

Properties Spicy, Warm

Channels Liver, Kidney, Spleen, Stomach


  • Expels cold and regulates the stomach energy
    For colic of cold type and orchidoptosis. Also for stomach-cold syndrome with cold pain, and fullness in the epigastrium and abdomen, vomiting and poor appetite.
  • Warms liver and kidney by promoting qi
    Disperses the depressed liver energy and alleviates pain.
  • Treats cold hernia and cold pain in the lower abdomen
  • For dysmenorrhea resulting from cold syndrome
  • Treats arthralgia of foot joints due to colddampness
    Used for sore and painful feet and knees.

Usage and Dosage
3-6 g is used in decoction for oral use.
An appropriate amount of the powder is used as application, or stir-baked to heat it before application to the affected area.

Contraindicated in the patient with heat due to yin-deficiency.

Keep in a cool and dry place.

Description of Quality Herb
The good one is full-grained, yellowish green in colour, sweet in flavour and strongly aromatic.

Professional Tips

Identifying Xiaohuixiang and Dahuixiang (lllicium verum Hook. f.)

Similarities: Both have similar medicinal properties and actions.
Differences: Xiaohuixiang has stronger medicinal properties. Dahuixiang is often used as a flavouring material.