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Qian Hu, also known as Hogfennel Root, is an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is known for its ability to treat a variety of conditions including respiratory infections, coughs, and digestive problems.  It can be taken as a tea, decoction, or extract.



  • Respiratory conditions: Qian Hu is traditionally used to treat respiratory infections, coughs, and other respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Some studies have suggested that Qian Hu may have anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties which can help reduce symptoms of respiratory conditions.

  • Digestive issues: Qian Hu is also used to treat digestive issues such as stomach pain and diarrhea. It is believed to have a soothing effect on the digestive system, and may help to improve digestion and reduce bloating and gas.

  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties: Some studies have suggested that Qian Hu may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties may help to reduce inflammation in the body and protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

  • Liver protection: Qian Hu is also believed to have a protective effect on the liver, and may help to prevent liver damage caused by toxins or other harmful substances.



  • Qian Hu should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, as its safety in these populations has not been established.

  • Additionally, Qian Hu should not be used in cases of yin deficiency or excess heat, as it may worsen these conditions.

    Individuals with bleeding disorders or who are taking anticoagulant medications should also use caution when using Qian Hu, as it may increase the risk of bleeding.

  • Finally, Qian Hu may interact with certain medications, so it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before using this herb if you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications.


Tastes Like:

Qian Hu herb has a warm and pungent taste, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. It is said to have a slightly spicy or pungent aroma.



The best way to prepare Qian Hu herb is as a tea, decoction, or extract.



  • Pregnancy: Qian Hu should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it may have an effect on the uterus and could potentially harm the developing fetus.

  • Blood clotting disorder: Qian Hu may have an effect on blood clotting and should be avoided by people with bleeding disorders or taking blood-thinning medications.

  • Allergies: People who are allergic to Qian Hu or other plants in the Apiaceae family, such as fennel or dill, should avoid using this herb.

  • Cancer: People who are undergoing cancer treatment or have a history of cancer should avoid using Qian Hu, as it may have an effect on cancer cells.

Hogfennel Root (Qian Hu)

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