Based on principles of ayurveda fennel seeds balance pitta and vata. This helps to reduce kapha and meda dhatu (body fat). This is recommended in increased blood sugar level too. With al these medicinal properties fennel seeds are helpful in obesity and PCOS
About Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds have a botanical name Foeniculum vulgare. These seeds belong to carrot family. This plant with yellow flowers and feathery leaves grows in dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks. These highly aromatic and flavourful seeds have found their ways into many cuisines as spice and main herbal ingredient in various herbal preparations. The fennel plant is grown all over India and fennel seeds find a special place in Indian kitchen. Fennel seeds are also known as “saunf” in hindi.
Ayurveda and Fennel Seeds
Texts of Ayurveda mention this herb by names “mishreya”, “Madhurika and madhura “
Ayurvedic Uses and Health benefits of Fennel seeds
Texts of ayurveda explain medicinal properties of fennel seeds as follows.
The fennel seeds are sweet (madhura) and spicy(katu) to taste. These seeds are light to digest (laghu) and increase moistness of tissues (snigdha). It is cold in potency (sheeta veerya) and retains the sweetness even in the end of digestion (madhura vipaka). These seeds normalise pitta dosha and vata dosha. They balance agni or metabolism. Hence these seeds are used as carminatives.
Fennel Seeds for Weight Loss
Ayurveda acharyas say that these seeds balance kapha and cause drying of fat tissues. Hence they recommend this herb in obesity to achieve weight loss.
When fennel is consumed half an hour before meals it suppresses appetite and thus prevents craving for carbohydrates. The food consumption is reduced and this in turn helps in weight loss. These seeds also help to reduce cholesterol. Apart from these fennel seeds increase the urine output and prevent accumulation of water in body. Water retention increases weight. Hence fennel seeds are mainly used to address obesity. For this reason fennel seeds are mainly used in Moolika Ayurveda Nilobese Ayurvedic Herbal Weight Loss tea to aid weight loss.
Fennel Seeds for Diabetes
Various studies have shown that Fennel seeds have anti-diabetic properties which helps in lowering blood sugar level in diabetes. As this is a store house of vitamin C and Potassium, it helps in lowering the blood sugar levels and also helps to increase insulin reactivity resulting in balancing the blood sugar.
Fennel Seeds for PCOS
Since fennel seeds help in weight loss and also to manage blood sugar level it is highly recommended by ayurveda doctors in PCOS or PCOD.Women who suffer from menstrual cramps can also reap benefits of these seeds. They reduce pain and ease the menstrual flow.
These seeds are known as xiao hui xiang in Chinese medicine. It has been used for thousand of years to enhance lactation, treat absence of period and loss of appetite. According to Chinese medicine experts Fennel seed contains phytoestrogen which balances oestrogen levels.For that reason, it has been used in treating hormonal imbalances that causes menstrual disorder, such as cramps, PCOS or PCOD and menopause
Fennel Seeds for Good Digestion
Fennel seeds set right the digestion and relieves bloating and flatulence. Saunf helps to prevent nausea, vomiting and motion sickness during travelling. These seeds help to reduce stomach pain or colicky which occur during indigestion and diarrhoea.The seeds of fennel help to relieve painful symptoms of piles or haemorrhoids. Consumption of fennel seeds help in easy bowel evacuation. The seeds of fennel boost body energy level and increase libido.
According to Heather Nicole , Fennel tea is also very popular among those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. Fennel has properties that help soothe and relax the gastrointestinal tract. It can help relieve symptoms such as gas, upset stomach, abdominal cramping, and bloating. Many people with irritable bowel syndrome claim that drinking three cups of the tea a day helps to relieve and treat many of their symptoms.
How to Use Fennel Seeds ?
Fennel seeds can be eaten before meals for weight loss. It can also be eaten after meals to ease digestion and prevent post meal bloating and flatulance.
Another way to use these seeds is through tea. The tea is made by steeping hot water with slightly crushed fennel seeds. After steeping, the mixture can be strained and drunk as a tea. The seeds have a great amount of health benefits and so the resulting tea is a pleasant beverage that can naturally relieve many health conditions and problems. Fennel tea is sometimes used as a treatment for babies with colic. Feeding a baby a teaspoon of cooled fennel tea before and after he eats can help relieve some of the symptoms of colic. Fennel tea is also a popular drink for breastfeeding mothers. It is believed to help mothers produce more milk and help with lactation.
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