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Gentiana lutea


Gout, rheumatism, fatigue, loss of appetite, helminths (e.g. tapeworm, a intestinal parasite), weak liver; increasing amount of blood, stimulating gastric juices, flow of saliva ...


Composition :
Capsule, 100% Gentiana lutea radix - 490 mg

Part used :
Root and rhizome.

The Yellow Gentian (Gentiana lutea) is a grey-green, sturdy, perennial plant in the Gentian family (Gentianaceae) which can grow to 150 cm (59in). This family contains over 300 varieties which grow mostly in the moderate regions of the northern hemisphere as well as the Andes. It can exist up to 2500 meters above sea level (8200ft). In many countries, Gentian is protected.

This plants likes limy soil, grows very slowly (may take ten years to bloom) and can get 40 to 60 years old. The main root can grow 1 meter deep (3ft) and reach 3 to 5 cm (1 to 1.5in) in diameter. The oval leaves are arranged crosswise and get 30 cm long (12in) and 15 cm wide (6in).

For medicinal use, the root of the plant is used which is rich in bittern (gentianopicrin and amarogentin) that protect the plant from being eaten. Gentian regulates red and white blood cells and improvines a hemogram (blood count) - a effect which is due to the bitterns contained within. Although not poisonous, they may cause nausea and vomiting; it is therefore recommended not to overdose.

The bitterns contained in gentian root may reduce fever, stimulate digestion, increase performance and, taken before a meal, may stimulate appetite. They also regulate gastric juices.

History: The name of the plant is said to stem from aancient greek king who discovered the fever reducing powers of the plant. Many popular bitters and aperitifs which are supposed to stimulate appetite contain Gentian root.


Take 3-6 capsules daily, with plenty of water.