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Gentian, Gentiana lutea
Parts used: Dried root and rhizome.
Constituents: Bitter glycosides, Oligosaccharides, Flavonoids, Phenolic acids, Polysaccharides.
Actions: Bitter tonic, Gastric Stimulant, Sialagogue, Cholagogue, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-pyretic.
Emmenagogue.
Indications:
Stimulates gastric secretions and peristaltic movement, low HCL, lack of bowel tone, poor digestion.
Saliva; anorexia, Indigestion, nausea, heartburn, dyspepsia.
Hepatitis, jaundice, cholecystitis.
Gastritis, IBS.
Fevers.
Amenorrhoea.
Herbal extract 1:5, 5-20mL per week.
Energetics: Cold, very bitter, astringent, dry. Dosha: V+PK-.
Meridians: liver, gall bladder, large intestine, stomach.
Contraindications: Pregnancy. Peptic and duodenal ulcers.
Caution: too large a dose suppresses the digestive secretions.
Decoction/Infusion, 0,6-2g 3x daily. Sip slowly 30-60 minutes prior to meals.