Fennel: An Effective Treatment For Colic

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By Darin Ingels, ND

Parents who give their infant a preparation of fennel seed oil at the onset of irritability and inconsolable crying may be able to reduce the intensity of the colic, according to a study in Alternative Therapies (2003;9:58–61). This is the first study to show fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is an effective treatment for this difficult-to-treat condition.

Infantile colic is a frequent reason for visits to the emergency room or doctor’s office. Colic is defined as crying for at least 3 hours a day, for at least 3 days a week and continuing for more than 3 weeks. Causes of colic may include food allergies, formula intolerance (such as lactose intolerance), excessive gas formation, or intestinal cramping. Some infants do benefit from removing suspected allergens from the diet, but this does not always resolve the symptoms. In the study, 121 infants with colic were randomly assigned to receive 5 ml to 20 ml of a 0.1% fennel seed oil emulsion or placebo up to four times per day for one week. Diaries of symptoms were kept for one week before starting the study, during the study and for one week following discontinuation of the treatment. The amount and frequency of treatment solution given was also recorded.

Colic symptoms decreased significantly by 45% in the infants taking the fennel formula, compared with only a 5% reduction in symptoms in those taking the placebo formula. Based on specific diagnostic criteria, colic was eliminated in 65% of the infants taking the fennel formula. No adverse side effects were observed in infants receiving fennel treatment.

Fennel has been shown in some studies to reduce intestinal spasm and to increase the motility of the small intestines. The effectiveness of fennel in the new study supports the hypothesis that abnormalities of these two factors play a role in the development of colic. The only other medicine known to help colic is dicyclomine hydrochloride (Bentyl®), but studies suggest that up to 5% of infants who take this medicine may develop side major effects, including breathing difficulties, seizures, dizziness, coma and even death. As a result, physicians rarely prescribe this medication for infants. No adverse side effects have been reported with using fennel. It is an apparently safe, effective treatment for colic and may bring relief to both the infant and parents.

Tylenol Use May Cause Asthma

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Dr. Mark Sanders joins Ingels Family Health!

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Ingels Family Health and Dr. Ingels are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Mark Sanders, naturopathic physician, to our staff. Dr. Sanders and Dr. Ingels both received their naturopathic training at the prestigious Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA and have been friends for many years.

Dr. Ingels chapter from “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012″

Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism By Darin Ingels, ND Allergies and asthma affect more than 50 million people living in the United States and comprise the sixth leading cause of physician office visits. Children with autism often have impaired immune function and may be predisposed to allergy symptoms.[i],[ii] Studies also show that…

“Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism”

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The latest edition of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism has just been released and I am one of the contributing authors! My chapter on Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism is the first chapter of the book and discusses how allergies and sensitivities to foods, mold, pollen, dust, animal dander, chemicals and neurotransmitters…

Sublingual Immunotherapy Effective Alternative Treatment for Allergies and Asthma

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By Darin Ingels, ND People who suffer from allergies and asthma now have a viable alternative to conventional injection immunotherapy in treating their symptoms. Although injection immunotherapy has been the gold standard for allergy desensitization for almost 100 years, over 300 published studies shows that sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is equally or more effective than allergy…

Iron Deficiency: More Common Than You Might Think

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By: Darin Ingels, ND Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, affecting 20 to 50% of the world’s population; however, it occurs less frequently in the United States. One study showed that as many as 20% of women between the ages of 18 and 55 years old suffer from iron deficiency….