Anise seed (Anisi fructus)

Published July 6, 1988.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Anis

Name of Drug

Anisi fructus, anise.

Composition of Drug

Anise consists of the dried fruits of Pimpinella anisum L. [Fam. Apiaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains essential oil.

Uses

Internal:

Dyspeptic complaints. Internal and external use:

Catarrhs of the respiratory tract. Contraindications Allergy to anise and anethole.

Side Effects

Occasional allergic reactions of skin, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Internal:
Average daily dosage:

3 g of drug; Essential oil 0.3 g; equivalent preparations. External:

Preparations containing 5 - 10 percent essential oil. Mode of Administration Comminuted drug for infusions and other galenical preparations for internal use or for inhalation.

Note: The purpose of an external application of an anise preparation is the inhalation of essential oil.

Actions

Expectorant
Mildly Antispasmodic
Antibacterial.