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Information on Gentian including the benefits and uses of using Gentian. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Gentian as part of a holistic approach to health.
Botanical name

Gentiana lutea


Gentian has a long standing herbal reputation as a digestive tonic and stimulant, and is an ingredient in a number of European apperitifs. The intensely bitter taste is the main cause of its beneficial effects. Stimulation of bitter taste receptors results in the secretion of digestive juices, including stomach acid, bile and pancreatic enzymes. As such, it is a supreme digestive stimulant (and is a key ingredient in the popular 'Swedish bitters'), providing support for effective digestion, prevention of food-derived infections and allergies, prevention of intestinal fermentation, enhancement of nutrient assimilation and waste removal via the bowel.

Conditions commonly used for
  • Poor appetite, anorexia nervosa, to restore digestive strength after long periods of illness or fever
  • Indigestion, bloating, flatulence, food and alcohol indulgence
  • As part of a treatment regime to reduce food allergy reactions, as part of an anti-infective intestinal program (prevention and treatment)
  • Liver, gallbladder, pancreatic and intestinal disorders
Common dosage range

Because gentian works best via its bitter taste, fluid extracts are the prefered dosage form. Generally, 5 to 20 drops of a fluid extract in a little water, 15 minutes before each meal, is the recommendation.

Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

Gentian is generally regarded as safe and well tolerated.
The intense bitter taste may cause nausea, and high doses will cause vomiting.
Persons with high stomach acidity and stomach ulcers may find that gentian aggravates their condition.

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