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a flowering plant ofthe species of Pimpinella anisum, genus Pimpinella,
belonging to the family Apiaceae native to to Egypt and the
Mediterranean region. The popular herb has been used in traditional
herbal medicine as fragrance in soaps, oils, and mouth fresheners and
stomachic, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive,
expectorant, stimulant and tonic agent to treat head-lice and mites,
increase blood pressure, prevent formation of gas in the
gastrointestinal tract and menstrual cramps, etc.
Herbal Anise and Menstrual Cramps and pain in dysmenorrhea
Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) is defined as a
condition of severe uterine pain during
menstruation. Some women may
experience periodic pains during or prior to, or after menstrual periods
in the lower abdomen as resulting of over production of certain
hormones in the prostaglandins family. In traditional Chinese medicine,
dysmenorrhea is defined as a pain in the lower abdomen, appearing with
menstrual cycle that can spread over to the whole abdomen and
lumbosacral region, depending to diagnosis.
Beside the main ingredient Anethole, it also contains, D-pinene, I-phellandrene, Alpha-terpineol, Safrol, Methyl chavicol, Resin, Shikimic acid, etc.
Anise contains certain chemical compounds in relieving the cramps and pain of primary dysmenorrhea, due to immature of the reproductive organs of young girls, according to the study of herbal drug group given 500 mg of highly purified saffron, celery seed, and anise
(SCA) extracts three times a day for three days. Other in the study of
Herbal combination of Women were taken either mefenamic acid, an herbal
combination of saffron/celery seed extract in combination with either
anise or fennel from the onset of bleeding or pain for three days each
cycle and followed for two to three cycles found that women taking the
SCA herbal combination had a decrease in pain intensity and
duration as did those in the mefenamic acid group and both had
statistically significant reductions in pain scores and pain duration
compared with the women in the placebo group.
The Side Effects
1. If you have high blood pressure or pregnant please consult with your doctor or related field specialist before applying.
2. Star Anise is toxic.
3. Skin Irritation
Allergic reaction such as mouth and lip inflammation.
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