Star anise contains essential oils, fatty oils, proteins, resins, and more. Extracts yield anise oil. Seeds contain 1.7% to 2.7% anise oil, while dry fruit and leaves contain 12% to 13% and 1.6% to 1.8%, respectively. The main components of anise oil are anethole, anisaldehyde, anisyl acetone, khellin, and myristicin.
Star anise is used in medicine. When consumed in moderation, it promotes digestion and microbiostasis, among other effects.
Star anise also has the following effects: aiding digestion, expelling wind and relieving pain, regulating qi, and dispelling cold and dampness. It treats stomach problems and neurosis. Extracting ferulic acid from star anise can be used to synthesize antineoplastic drugs and prepare antiviral drugs for influenza types A and B. Dried star anise fruit contains 8% to 13% ferulic acid, making it the best natural plant material. Except for toxic star anise with higher contents, no plants with potential for large-scale production have been found.
The fruit and seeds of star anise can be used as seasoning and medicine. With a strong aroma, they have the effects of expelling parasites, regulating qi, aiding digestion, dispelling coldness, and stimulating nerves.
Star anise can also be used as a raw material for perfumes, toothpaste, soap, cosmetics, and more. In industry, it can be used as a wind-expelling and stimulation drug in medicine. With a warm nature and spicy taste, it has the effects of expelling coldness, regulating qi, and relieving pain. It can be used to treat vomiting and diarrhea caused by coldness, herniated pain caused by coldness, lumbar pain caused by deficient kidneys, dry and wet tinea pedis, and more.
Who should not consume star anise?
It is recommended that star anise be consumed less or avoided by those who suffer from eye diseases due to yin deficiency and yang hyperactivity, dry syndrome, climacteric syndrome, active pulmonary tuberculosis, bronchial asthma, gout, diabetes, or heatiness.
Star anise is a seasoning and has medicinal value. The peel, seed, and leaf contain essential oils that are important raw materials for manufacturing cosmetics, sweet wines, beer, and the food industry.
Star anise is distributed in Southeast Asia and North America, with 80% of it in Asia, mainly in China.
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