Gentian root, Bitterwort, Yellow Gentian, Γετιανή.

Gentian root (Gentiana lutea) commonly known as bitterwort, bitter root, yellow gentian and wild gentian, is a native of Europe. In Chinese, the name of the herb means “Dragon gallbladder herb”, which indicates its primary role. It is medicinally recognised for its stomachic, hepatic, carminative, bitter, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasite properties.

Used for more than 3,000 years as herbal remedy in Europe, China and Korea, Gentian root is primarily recognised as a digestive tonic by supporting sluggish liver and increasing the production of gastric secretions. It is one of the main ingredients of the Swedish bitters tonic.

It is also used as an aid to stop smoking. It gives energy and eliminates fatigue as it speeds up the digestion of protein and fat.

It is also used to treat nausea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammation of the gastro-intestinal system and parasite infestations.

The Gentian root is contraindicated for people who suffer from acute acidity and children under 2 years. If suffering from high blood pressure or are an adult over 65 use this herb only under the monitoring of a qualified professional.

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