Star Anise (Badian Khatai ) is the seed pod from the fruit of the Illicium verum plant, an evergreen shrub native to Southwest China. Although Badian Khatai pod has a similar flavor and name to Spanish anise, the two plants are unrelated.
volatile oil (mostly anethole)
- Used in chinses herbal medicine as a remedy for rheumatism, back pain, and hernias and has a stimulant, diuretic and digestive properties.
- It makes an effective remedy for wind and indigestion – especially colic – and can safely be given to children.
- It treat hernias of the intestine or bladder, often mixed with fennel (Foeniculum vulgare).
Both herbs help to relax the organ, s muscles and relieve spasm. It is also used for toothache.