Gentiana lutea – root
Famously used as a bitter digestive tonic, gentian stimulates the appetite and digestion by promoting the production of saliva, gastric juices and bile.
These actions make it useful for a sluggish digestive system as seen in dyspepsia and flatulence. It is a component of alcoholic aperitifs which are served before meals to stimulate appetite, as well as digestifs, which are served after meals to aid digestion.
Primary: bitter tonic, sialogogue, cholagogue.
- Loss of appetite, indigestion, gas.
- Facilitate improved digestion during convalescence or fatigue, and after mild feverish conditions.
- Relief of mild diarrhoea.
Contra-indications and Cautions
- Caution in peptic ulcer and hyperacidity.
- Overdose may lead to nausea and vomiting.
Administration and Dosage
The analysis of contents below is a guide only, product specific data including expiry date is with the item in the shop.
Gentiana lutea 1:2. Each 1 ml contains 500mg of dry herb.
Liquid extract in 45% ethanol. Use 5 to 15 ml weekly.
Our clinic uses fluid extracts from Optimal Rx, Herbal Extract Company, Nutrition Care, Mediherb or Sunray Botanicals, in this order.