Q. A few months ago you offered a solution to a problem I’ve had on and off for years, but especially recently. I’ve had explosive flatulence during my work day.
I tried the crushed fennel seed tea three times a day for the past week. It’s proven an almost instant cure. Thanks so much for sharing the tip. Now that I know it works, I wonder if you have any idea how.
A. Fennel originated in southern Europe and western Asia, but it was widely known in the ancient world, from China to Greece. For centuries it has been used to treat indigestion and flatulence. How it relieves gas, however, remains mysterious. We’re glad you got such great results. Other ways to fight flatulence include Angostura bitters, ginger, epazote and hing (asafoetida). You can learn much more about how to overcome flatulence, heartburn and other tummy troubles in our 8-page Guide to Digestive Disorders.