Botanical: Gentiana lutea (LINN.)
Gentian is the
subject of a German Commission E monograph, which found this herb
effective for treating digestive disorders, including appetite
loss and flatulence.
Botanical Council provided a summary article, confirming the
effectiveness of Gentian for a variety of claims. “Gentian
extracts are used in tonic preparations.” They are also used to
stimulate the appetite, improve digestion, and for the
Dr. Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. in his book,
Validation of Herbal Medicine, reports: “Gentian
root is invaluable to the body’s circulation and overall health by
bolstering its ability to digest and assimilate food. In two
studies, Gentian root stimulated the digestive process and
eliminated or overcame the cause of digestive problems. In good
health or bad, it increases absorption, assimilation and
resorption. The effect of Gentian on the vascular system is to
help insure that the abdominal organs receive a rich supply of
blood. It has also been found that Gentian root increases the
sensitivity of many glands and organs to the effect of adrenalin”.
Feather Jones, a
clinical herbalist, in her book, Medicinal Herb Handbook, reports that Gentian “will increase
assimilation of dietary proteins and fats. It also stimulates
The book, Elements of Health, describes Dandelion
as a “bitter herb that cleanses the bloodstream and liver and
increases the production of bile. Used as a diuretic, improves
function of the pancreas, spleen, stomach, and kidneys.”
A prominent herbalist, David Litell, concludes that Gentian
provides support for the liver, stimulates bile and acts as a
A prominent herbalist, Joanne Snow, explains that
Gentian acts as a “digestive stimulant.” It is used “as a tonic,
especially in the treatment of anorexia, lack of appetite, and
FDA has approved
Gentian as a food ingredient
More about Gentian by
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D.
Gentian Root, Gentianae
radix (Gentianae Lutea L)
Digestive system. |
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D.
Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. Herbal Tonic Therapies and Deininger, R "Amarumbitter
herbs, common principle remedies and action." Krankenpflege 1975.
Tonic, digestive organs.
Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations by R.
C. Wren, F. L. S.
Gastric stimulant, sialogue,
British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1983.
British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1990.
Tonic, bitter, digestive stimulant.
British Herbal compendium Volume 1.
During the Middle Ages gentian was commonly
employed. Gentian is one of the most useful of our
tonics. It is one of the best strengtheners of the human system and is an
excellent tonic to combine with a purgative to prevent its debilitating
effects and is prescribed extensively.
A Modern Herbal Mrs. M. Grieve.
Gentian has a long history of use as an herbal and is an ingredient of
many proprietaries. It contains some of the bitterest compounds known and
is used as a scientific basis for measuring bitterness. It is one of the
best strengtheners of the human system, stimulating liver, gall bladder
and digestive system and is an excellent tonic to combine with a purgative
in order to prevent debilitating effects.
Chief R. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. MacDonald 1984. - Launert
E. Edible and Medicinal Plants. Hamlyn 1981. - Lust J. The Herb Book
Bantam Books 1983.- Mills. S. Y The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism.-
Holtom and Hylton. W Complete Guide to Herbs. Rodale Press 1979.