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Star Anise

Very High Risk for breastfeeding


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It has been withdrawn from the Spanish market in 2000 after several cases of severe poisonings.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.

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Star Anise.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

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Other names

Star Anise is also known as


Star Anise in other languages or writings:

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Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Star Anise in its composition:

  • Atrobel™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition
  • Bittner™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition
  • Cefabronchin™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition
  • Ductoveran™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition
  • Ervossil™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition
  • Pervivo™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition
  • Relaxcol™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition
  • Tisane laxative™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition
  • Tisane pectorale et antitussive™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition
  • Wunderbalsam™. Contains other elements than Star Anise in its composition

References

  1. Perret C, Tabin R, Marcoz JP, Llor J, Cheseaux JJ. Malaise du nourrisson pensez à une \ intoxication à l’anis étoilé. [Apparent life-threatening event in infants: think about star anise intoxication!]. Arch Pediatr. 2011 Abstract
  2. Perret C, Tabin R, Marcoz JP, Llor J, Cheseaux JJ. [Apparent life-threatening event in infants: think about star anise intoxication!]. Arch Pediatr. 2011 Abstract
  3. de la Rubia Fernández L, Orizaola Ingelmo A, Hurtado Barace L, Lozano de la Torre MJ. Intoxicación por anís estrellado [Star anise poisoning]. An Pediatr (Barc). 2009 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  4. de la Rubia Fernández L, Orizaola Ingelmo A, Hurtado Barace L, Lozano de la Torre MJ. [Star anise poisoning]. An Pediatr (Barc). 2009 Abstract
  5. Hausner H, Bredie WL, Mølgaard C, Petersen MA, Møller P. Differential transfer of dietary flavour compounds into human breast milk. Physiol Behav. 2008 Sep 3;95(1-2):118-24. Abstract
  6. Ize-Ludlow D, Ragone S, Bruck IS, Bernstein JN, Duchowny M, Peña BM. Neurotoxicities in infants seen with the consumption of star anise tea. Pediatrics. 2004 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. Minodier P, Pommier P, Moulène E, Retornaz K, Prost N, Deharo L. Intoxication aiguë par la badiane chez le nourrisson. [Star anise poisoning in infants]. Arch Pediatr. 2003 Abstract
  8. Minodier P, Pommier P, Moulène E, Retornaz K, Prost N, Deharo L. [Star anise poisoning in infants]. Arch Pediatr. 2003 Abstract
  9. Garzo Fernández C, Gómez Pintado P, Barrasa Blanco A, Martínez Arrieta R, Ramírez Fernández R, Ramón Rosa F; Grupo de Trabajo del Anis Estrellado. Casos de enfermedad de sintomatología \ neurológica asociados al consumo de anís \ estrellado empleado como carminativo. [Cases of neurological symptoms associated with star anise consumption used as a carminative]. An Esp Pediatr. 2002 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  10. Garzo Fernández C, Gómez Pintado P, Barrasa Blanco A, Martínez Arrieta R, Ramírez Fernández R, Ramón Rosa F; Grupo de Trabajo del Anis Estrellado. [Cases of neurological symptoms associated with star anise consumption used as a carminative]. An Esp Pediatr. 2002 Abstract
  11. Rosti L, Nardini A, Bettinelli ME, Rosti D. Toxic effects of a herbal tea mixture in two newborns. Acta Paediatr. 1994 Jun;83(6):683. No abstract available. Abstract

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