Anisi Stellati Fructus (八角茴香) is the dried ripe fruit of Illicium verum Hook. f., family Magnoliaceae.

Other name 
Chan-Paet-Klip, Poi-Kak (Thai name), Bajiaohuixiang (Chinese name), Chinese Star Anise

Macroscopic character
Aggregate fruit, composed of 8 follices radiated from the central axis. Follicles outer surface reddish-brown, irregularly wrinkled, summit beaked,upper part mostly dehiscent; inner surface pale brown, smooth and lustrous. Texture hard and fragile. Each follicle containing a flattened-ovoid seed, reddish-brown or yellowish-brown, lustrous; endosperm white, oily. Odor, aromatic; taste, pungent and sweet.

Important cultivation area
Guangxi and Yunnan provinces.

Processing method
1. Bajiaohuixiang :
Eliminate foreign matters, and then sift out fragments.

2. Yanbajiaohuixiang :
Mix Bajiaohuixiang with brine (use 2 kg of salt for 100 kg of Bajiaohuixiang), stir-fry on a gentle fire until dry, allow to cool.

Traditional Chinese Medicine action
Pungent; warm. Enter liver, kidney, spleen and stomach channels.

1. Bajiaohuixiang : Warm yang, dissipate cold, regulate qi and
relieve pain.

2. Yanbajiaohuixiang : Direct the action to ascent downwards. Warm kidney and liver yang, regulate qi and relieve pain.

Usage and dosage 
3-6 g, decoction for oral use, or appropriate amount for external use. Crush before use.

* Contraindication and precaution *

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