Star anise known as Anise, Chakra Phool has a scientific name illicium verum. It is used mainly as a spice but it is also known to have numerous medicinal properties which make it important for consumption. Star Anise from China and other Asian countries looks as similar to the anise found in Japan when they are in dried form but yes there is a big difference. The studies have shown that we should avoid Japanese Anise as it could be fatal for human health. And why should we consume star anise and what are its health benefits we will check it here only. Star anise contains various minerals and vitamins including Vitamins A, C and B vitamins along with calcium and phosphorus. The most important compound which makes it an important medicinal spice is shikimic acid.