Perhaps the Chinese were endevoring to produce a "wonder powder" encompassing all of the five elements - sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty.
Fennel, star anise, and ginger settle an upset the stomach and help prevent morning sickness in pregnancy. Clove is a warming stimulant for bronchial disorders like asthma and low adrenal energy with fatigue, too frequent urination, and poor enthusiasm. Cinnamon is a spice perfect for regulating diabetes, in addition to improving digestion, warming you in cold weather.
Ingredients: Organic star anise, organic cloves, organic cinnamon, organic fennel seed, and organic black pepper.