The star-shaped pod seed may repair and restore testicles and ovaries and their dependent organs: prostate and uterus. Anise's properties may help release physical and emotional fears associated with sexuality. Its many other properties includes killing bacteria, relieving mucous (especially in the sinuses and colon), reducing cough and bronchitis, disposing of excess fluid by increasing urination, and ridding head and body lice as well as many intestinal parasites. Anise’s strong taste of black licorice has properties reputed for anti-cramping; with both intestinal cramps and uterine spasms, and anti-flatulence in the gastrointestinal tract, powerfully capable of breaking up pockets of gas and fermentation. Do NOT mistake the star anise for Japanese anise (Illicium anisatum) which is poisonous.