Parts used: Root
Alterative, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, blood purifier, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, sialagogue, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary
Inositol, iron, manganese, niacin, silicon, sulfur, vitamins F and B-complex, zinc
Gentian is used to reduce fevers by cooling the system. It contains a bitter principle, amarogentin, which stimulates the glands, including the adrenals and the thyroid. It helps in the production of bile, which can have a positive effect on the liver and gallbladder. Gentian is also used to clean the bowels, stimulate the pancreas, stimulate circulation, aid in the digestive process and help with female problems. Gentian has historically been used to treat wounds and been taken internally for inflammation from arthritis, jaundice and a sore throat. It is considered a great herb for strengthening the entire body and for use as a tonic when combined with other herbs.
Modern research confirms that it is useful as a digestive aid. Herbal bitters, including gentian, are recommended as a treatment for indigestion. The bitter taste receptors in the tongue are known to stimulate the digestive processes by increasing the flow of gastric juices and bile.
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