Last update: July 1, 2015
Very unsafe. Contraindicated.
Use of an alternative or cessation of breastfeeding.
The fruits of the tree are used. Contains essential oils (anethole), flavonoids and tannins. Allegedly, attributed properties are: antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, estrogen agonist.
Indications from the Commission E of the German Ministry of Health are: anorexia, cough, bronchitis.
Anethole is neurotoxic and is excreted into the milk.
A high risk of accidental contamination exists with Illicium religiosum (Illicium anisatum, Japanese star anise) which is a substance not fit to be eaten and very toxic
It has been withdrawn from the Spanish market in 2000 after several cases of severe poisonings.
Estrogen agonists may decrease the production of milk. Product which is totally unnecessary.
We do not have alternatives for Illicium verum.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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