Anise

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How does Anise work?

There are chemicals in anise that may have estrogen-like effects. Chemicals in anise may also act as insecticides.

Are there safety concerns?

Anise is safe in the amounts typically found in foods. It also appears to be safe when applied to the scalp in combination with other herbs. There isn't enough information available to know if anise is safe to take by mouth in medicinal amounts.

Do not use anise in amounts larger than those found in foods if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.

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