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Illicium – evergreen trees and bushes of a sort limonnikovy, seeds and which oils are applied in cookery and nonconventional medicine. The plant grows in the territory of China, Cambodia, Vietnam, North America and Abkhazia.


In the nature there are 32 types of an anisetree, the most widespread are an anisetree real, an anisetree star-shaped, an anisetree anisic and an anisetree lanceolate.

Use of an anisetree

In nonconventional medicine of an asterisk of an anisetree are applied at treatment of respiratory infections, bronchitis, swine and bird flu, to increase in a sexual inclination (libido) and treatment of symptoms of a men's climax. Inhalations with use of asterisks of an anisetree are effective at treatment of diseases of a throat.

Also asterisks of an anisetree use at treatment of a digestive tract, including a gastric disturbance and gripes at babies.

The anisetree is applied at:

  • Cough;
  • Meteorism;
  • To appetite loss;
  • Disturbance of a menstrual cycle;
  • Pneumonia;
  • Gastric disturbance.

In cookery of an asterisk of an anisetree are applied as spice, and seeds and oils are used as seasoning.

Asterisks of an anisetree consist of a set of fragrant seeds which are widely applied in Asian cookery, and in particular in the Chinese. The Chinese anisetree has the sweet taste reminding a glycyrrhiza root and roast and salty dishes is often added for balancing of taste in desserts.

In France asterisks of an anisetree use for aromatization of alcoholic beverages, such as пастис. They are also used in production elders and absinthe liqueur. The anisetree as seasoning is added to meat, eggs and bird dishes. It is used as spice at preparation of tea, a rice dish of "Biryani" and Garam Masaly seasoning on all Indian subcontinent. The anisetree is the main ingredient of the Vietnamese soup with noodles and Fo-bo beef.

Anisetree asterisks in traditional Chinese medicine are used for preparation of medicinal tea as cure for rheumatism, and seeds of an anisetree use inside after food to improve digestion.

The Japanese anisetree is not edible and is not used in the medicinal purposes as possesses highly toxic structure. Use of an anisetree of this look causes heavy inflammations of kidneys, urinary tract and digestive organs.

In manufacturing industry oil of an anisetree is used as fragrance for production of soap, cosmetics, spirits and toothpaste.

For commercial purposes the anisetree is grown up by China, India and the majority of other countries of Asia.

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Useful properties of an anisetree

The anisetree is a good source of shikimic acid which is effective at treatment of flu and is used in production of a medicine Oseltamivir.

Also it is possible to carry the ingredients which are contained in its seeds having activity against bacteria, yeast and fungi to useful properties of an anisetree.


The use of an anisetree as medicine has a number of contraindications, such as:

  • Pregnancy and period of a lactation;
  • Breast cancer;
  • Uterus cancer;
  • Ovarian cancer;
  • Hysteromyoma.

Also asterisks of an anisetree are unsafe to be used to children aged about one year. It is too difficult to be convinced that you got the Chinese asterisks of an anisetree in pure form without impurity of a poisonous Japanese anisetree, such inspection can be carried out only in vitro. The Chinese asterisks of an anisetree when carrying out researches did not cause in babies of side effects, however with impurity of the Japanese anisetree they appeared in the form of irritability, vomiting and spasms.

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