Information on Gentian

Latin NameGentiana luteaphoto
Other NamesYellow gentian
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, tablet, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system, Liver
CautionsContraindicated with hyperacidity, stomach ulcers, and when gastric irritation and inflammation occur.
Botanical InfoA tall, stout perennial native to the Alps, with whorls of bright yellow flowers. The root is yellowish-white, fibrous, and very bitter.
DescriptionGentian is good for weak and/or painful digestion, loss of appetite, nausea, slow peristalsis, low vital energy, liver heat, detoxification, and acne. As a bitter tonic, gentian is taken 15-30 minutes before meals, usually in combination with other herbs. It has also been indicated for anemia, anorexia, and poor circulation. It is used as an anti-addiction herb (for instance, to stop smoking). Modern research shows that gentian has immune-activating properties, and it is commonly given to people who are recovering from long-term illnesses to improve assimilation of nutrients, energy levels, and immune function.

Gentian has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.


Powder1-2 capsules before meals
Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture10-30 drops before meals

Ailments Treated by Gentian

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Abdominal paindigestive toniccapsules, or as part of a "bitters" digestive aid formula
Anemiadigestive tonic and stimulanttincture, capsule, tablet
Angerliver coolanttincture, capsule, tablet
Appetite, lack ofdigestive stimulanttinture, capsules, tablets
Chronic fatigue syndromedigestive stimulant and tonictincture, capsule
Convalescence, from long-term illnessdigestive stimulant and tonictincture, capsule
Debilitydigestive tonictincture, capsule
Dermatitisdigestive stimulanttincture
Digestion, poordigestive tonictincture, capsule
Indigestionbitter tonictincture, capsule
Lungs, weakdigestive bitter tonictincture, tablet
Immune deficiencydigestive stimulanttablet, capsule, tincture
Menstruation, deficientbitter tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Obesitydigestive stimulanttablet, tincture
Orchitisclears heattincture, tablet, capsule
Stomach weaknessbitter digestive tonictincture, capsule, tablet
Stomachachedigestive tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Vitality, lowdigestive tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Fatiguedigestive strengtheningtincture, capsule


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