Iahas-Star Anise-Chakra Phool

Star Anise (Chakra Phool)


Star Anise Scientific Name

Illicium verum

Star Anise Other Names

English: Star Anise, Indian anise, Chinese anise, Badian anise
Chinese: Ba jiao
German: Sternanis, Badian
Hindi: Chakra Phool, Badiyan ka Phool
Sanskrit: Mishi

What is Star Anise?

This dark brown colored licorice-flavored star-shaped fruit is a rich source of major health-promoting compounds like Linalool, Quercetin, Anethole, Shikimic acid, Gallic acid, and Limonene.
Star anise is a popular herb used in the Indian Ayurveda and ancient Chinese therapies for centuries. It is used for lung infections, gas and colic pains in babies. Known for it’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and expectorant properties, Star anise is commonly used in treating cough and cold. It promotes reproductive health in women and acts as a Galactogogue (promotes breast-milk secretion in lactating mothers).

Common forms of Star Anise

Dried Fruit, Powder, Oil

Star Anise is commonly used for:

  • Antioxidant properties
  • Fighting Viruses and Flu
  • Protecting digestive system
  • Reducing respiratory congestion
  • Improving Lactation
  • Anti-diabetic properties
  • Promoting bone health
  • Protecting Liver

Star Anise Dosage

Powder: 3 gram per day.
Oil: 300 mg per day.
Tea: 0.5 to 1 g ground seed boiled in 150 mL water for 120 min.

Star Anise Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Some people may be allergic or develop allergies to ingredients responsible for the licorice type aroma and/or taste.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant women: Not known.
Children: Not known.
Be sure you are using Chinese star anise, not Japanese star anise. Japanese star anise is poisonous and looks identical to Chinese star anise.

Where to Buy Star Anise in US?

Avi Kumar

Avi is an irreverent hard-core Engineer turned Marketer, who is focused on unveiling the secrets of Ayurveda, scientifically. His aim is to research Ayurveda, take what works, discard what's superseded by new discoveries, and in all increase in human knowledge.

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