Oseltamivir, marketed under the trade name Tamiflu, is an oral drug manufactured by Roche, based in Switzerland and is used to treat influenza A and B infections. But did you know that this medicine has a herbal origin?
The mass-produced Tamiflu contains the active component shikimic acid, which gives it its antiviral activity. Shikimic acid can be found in copious amounts in star anise, a popular spice used in various cuisines around the world.
Star anise is also known for its digestive stimulating properties and reduces intestinal gas. Additionally, it promotes vitality and vigor in the body and strengthens the immune system. Star anise is also helpful in healing pain and fends off infections of the urinary and respiratory tracts.