Gentian

Gentiana lutea

Part Used: The dried rhizome and root.

Constituents: The whole complex of primary plant constituents and a characteristic array of secondary plant constituents are present. Pharmacologically important constituents include iridoids, xanthones andalkaloids.

Actions: Bitter, sialagogue, hepatic, cholagogue, anthelmintic, emmenagogue.

Indications: Gentian is an excellent bitter which stimulates appetite and digestion through a general stimulation of the digestive juices, increasing the production of saliva, gastric juices and bile. It also accelerates the emptying of the stomach. It is indicated wherever there is a lack of appetite, dyspepsia or flatulence. The general toning effect of bitters give this herb a role to play in treating debility, anorexia and exhaustion.

Preparations & Dosage: Decoction: Put l/2 a teaspoonful of the shredded root in a cup of water and boil for 5 minutes. Drink warm l5-30 minutes before meals, or at any time when stomach pains result from a feeling of fullness. Tincture: take l-2 ml of the tincture three times a day .

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David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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