Star Anise seed (Anisi stellati fructus)

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


Name of Drug

Anisi stellati fructus, star anise.

Composition of Drug

Star anise consists of the ripe syncarp of Illicium verum Hooker filius [Fam. Illiciaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains essential oil.


Catarrhs of the respiratory tract, peptic discomforts.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

3 g of drug or 0.3 g essential oil; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Herb ground fresh just prior to use, and other galenical preparations for internal use.


Bronchial expectorant
Antispasmodic for gastrointestinal tract.