Anise {Pimpinella anisum}

Anise balances Kapha and Vata

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Good for pacifying Kapha and Vata
  2. Taste – bitter, pungent
  3. Energetics – Heating
  4. Main Traditional Action: Carminative, appetite stimulant, lactogogue, menstrual cramps
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Expectorant, diuretic, trouble sleeping (insomnia), asthma, and constipation.


Modern Research

Anise and its components have been investigated for a number of biological activities such as antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anticancer, anticonvulsant, and estrogenic properties and in the treatment of a number of conditions including cancer, chronic inflammation, gastric ulcers, and chronic constipation.