Illicium verum en Star Anise <p>February 22nd, 2014: In traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese star anise is prescribed for colicky babies and sluggish digestion. But today, it's also a source of shikimic acid, a precursor in the pharmaceutical synthesis of Tamiflu, one of the only treatments right now for avian influenza. Japanese star anise, <i>Illicium anisatum</i>, a similar tree, is highly toxic and inedible.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 13694 at Star Anise