Bitter fennel

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Bitter fennel or bitter fennel fruit.[1][2][3][4]

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The European Union's Committee on Herbal Medicine recognizes sweet fennl's use for:

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  • allergic reactions

The European Union Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products states to avoid using it if hypersensitive or allergic to the active substance, any of the Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) family (aniseed, caraway, celery, coriander and dill), or to anethole.[1] Can cause allergic reactions affecting the skin and breathing.[4]

  • hormonal effects

The EU Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products states that bitter fennel causes oestrogenic activity, and that "excessive doses of fennel oil" may interfere with prescription medication including hormone therapy, oral contraceptive pills, and hormone replacement therapy..[1]

  • possible harmful effects

Studies on nice have shown a link to liver cancer, and other effects.[1]

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