Star Anise – Benefits and Effects

Star Anise

Science has proved that some herbs mentioned in Indian Ayurveda are capable of dealing with cancer and other difficult ailments. Today we are gonna read about one of them named Star Anise, which in hindi is called “फूल चक्री ”.

What is Star Anise ?

Star Anise

It is botanically called Illicium verum, is an evergreen small, medium-sized tree from the plant family and it is grown in tropical areas of East Asia and Southeast Asia and has 42 species and 166 varieties. It helps with colic (severe stomach pain), flatulence, whooping cough, tuberculosis and liver diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions about Star Anise

What is Star Anise good for ?

The oil produced from it contains thymol, terpineol and anethole, which is used for treating cough and flu. It also helps improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea. Consuming its tea after meals helps treat digestive ailments such as bloating, gas, indigestion and constipation

Does Star Anise help with blood pressure ?

Yes, it is helpful in maintaining blood pressure as it has anti-diabetic properties because of its polyphenols can help manage blood pressure and also keeps blood vessels healthy and promotes good circulation.

Does Star Anise help in sleep ?

Yes, it helps in having a good night sleep as it has sedative properties that can help your nerves settle down and also ensure a good night’s sleep.

Is Star Anise good for weight loss ?

Yes, it is good for weight loss as it has antioxidant properties which improves Digestive system which reduces inflammation of the body and helps in weight loss.

Is Star Anise good for skin ?

Its oil provides potent antioxidant protection that can help to protect the skin by neutralizing free radicals present in the environment.

Benefits of Star Anise 

Benefitse of star anise

Helps in microbial infections

It shows antimicrobial activity. It has the potential to exhibit antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral and antifungal properties It might also have potential antifungal action.

Help in Diarrhea

It reduces the looseness of the stools and diminishes the number of stool evacuations. Thus, it showed the potential use of the mixture of chamomile and star anise for diarrhea.

Remedy for inflammation

Acute inflammation is a protective approach of the body to fight infections. It has potential use in fighting inflammatory conditions/disorders. The potential anti-inflammatory property of it was found to show potent pain-killing and anti-inflammatory effects.

Helps in Cancer

The human body has several natural ways to deal with free radicals and eating it can add benefits that may help with cancer. Conditions that are induced by free radicals and nicotine are affected by it, as it possesses anti-cancer properties. It also affects damaged DNA responsible for triggering cancer and cancer cell spread.


It has a distinct licorice flavor that can enhance a variety of dishes.

Its powerful bioactive compounds help to treat several fungal, bacterial and viral infections.

While consumption of pure star anise is typically safe. Always double check the source of the spice you’re purchasing to ensure purity and start with a small amount to avoid adverse reactions.

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