Part used: root
Herbal action: Tonic, bitter stomachic, sialagogue, cholagogue, hepatoprotective, emmenagogue, antimicrobial, antihelminth, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antibiliary
Indications: anorexia, nausea, atonic dyspepsia, biliousness, jaundice, hepatitis, atonic constipation, gastroenteritis, chronic dysentery, parasites, amenorrhea, headache, migraine, depression, apathy.
Medicinal uses: Gentian is one of the purest bitter tonics, intense and permanent in taste and action. For this reason Gentian has a clearly defined range of the therapeutic activity, understood primarily through its stimulatory effect upon digestive function, and the resultant effects in the body. It restores ‘tone’ to the digestive organs after feverish conditions had subsided or after the administration of eliminative therapies. On both sides of the Atlantic, Gentian has figured as an important remedy for indigestion, chronic biliousness, constipation, and intestinal parasites. Stimulating secretions of the stomach and liver, Gentian works gradually to promote the action of the bowels.