Pimpinella anisum

Plant Name: Pimpinella anisum


Category: Expel wind dampness

Common names: Anise, Aniseed

Properties: Acrid, Sweet Warm


  • Moves Qi, relaxes the mind, sedates spasms, and dries dampness

  • Benefits the Lung and Heart Qi: Fatigue

  • Benefits the Lungs, relieves wheezing, and expels phlegm

  • Other: insufficient breast milk, insect repellent for scabies and lice

Part used: Seed

Preparation: Infusion


  • Used throughout history as a digestive aid and for gas.

  • One of the few Umbelliferae family plants which increase the Qi.