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Anise is a non-scientific common name that may refer to a number of plant species and varieties.


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Historical Use of Anise

Anise in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Historical Use of Anise in Western Medicine

Quote Paraph: "John of Gaddesden provided a prescription to rid epileptics of phlegm. It's ingredients were: iris root, aristolochia rotunda, squill, hyssop, mistletoe, wild and domestic sage, liverwort, pennyroyal, calamint, rue, peony root, of each one ounce: peony seed, physalis seed, anise, fennel, of each 2 oz.: flower of Arabian stiche, 5 minims; juice of wild rue, half a quart; hone 1 1/2 quarts. "
Sec Auth: Eadie MJ and Bladin PF
Title: A Disease Once Sacred. John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001
Page: 180
Source: A Disease Once Sacred, John Libbey & Company Ltd, 2001, M.J. Eadie and P.F. Bladin
Complete: Eadie MJ, Bladin PF. A disease once sacred: a history of the medical understanding of epilepsy. Eastleigh: John Libbey; 2001. p. 180.
Primary Source: John of Gaddesden. UNSPECIFIED TEXT


Synonymns for Anise

Patent Medicines and Medicines with Multiple Ingredients that include Anise

Pharmaceutical Information

Chemical Constituents

Evidence or the Use of Anise in the Treatment of Epilepesy

Basic Science

Animal Studies

Cohort, Case-Control and Non-Randomized Trials

Randomized Controlled Trials


1st Five Results: pubmed search

S Kathleen Bandt, Pierre Besson, Ben Ridley, Francesca Pizzo, Romain Carron, Jean Regis, Fabrice Bartolomei, Jean Philippe Ranjeva, Maxime Guye
Connectivity strength, time lag structure and the epilepsy network in resting-state fMRI.
Neuroimage Clin: 2019, 24;102035
[PubMed:31795065] [] [DOI] (I p)

Mehri Abdollahi Fard, Asie Shojaii
Efficacy of Iranian traditional medicine in the treatment of epilepsy.
Biomed Res Int: 2013, 2013;692751
[PubMed:23936834] [] [DOI] (I p)

Yao Shen, Teris A van Beek, Frank W Claassen, Han Zuilhof, Bo Chen, Michel W F Nielen
Rapid control of Chinese star anise fruits and teas for neurotoxic anisatin by Direct Analysis in Real Time high resolution mass spectrometry.
J Chromatogr A: 2012, 1259;179-86
[PubMed:22484123] [] [DOI] (I p)

Mahyar Janahmadi, Sahar Farajnia, Jafar Vatanparast, Habib Abbasipour, Mohammad Kamalinejad
The fruit essential oil of Pimpinella anisum L. (Umblliferae) induces neuronal hyperexcitability in snail partly through attenuation of after-hyperpolarization.
J Ethnopharmacol: 2008, 120(3);360-5
[PubMed:18852037] [] [DOI] (P p)

E S D Johanns, L E van der Kolk, H M A van Gemert, A E J Sijben, P W J Peters, I de Vries
[An epidemic of epileptic seizures after consumption of herbal tea]. [Een epidemie van epileptische aanvallen na drinken van kruidenthee.]
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd: 2002, 146(17);813-6
[PubMed:12014242] [] (P p)



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