Anise is an herb with seeds that are often used in cooking and baking. The seeds have also been used to ease digestion and reduce cold-like symptoms. Anise can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. Anise can also be used as an oil or spray.
There are no advised doses for anise.
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It is likely safe to use anise on the skin and to take it orally in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse such as:
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B. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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B2. Mosaffa-Jahromi M, Tamaddon AM, et al. Effectiveness of anise oil for treatment of mild to moderate depression in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized active and placebo-controlled clinical trial. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017;22(1):41-46.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 3/27/2019
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