Gentian Root (gentiana lutea)
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ENGLISH COMMON NAME: Standard: Gentian Root
Also known as; gentian, yellow gentian
LATIN NAME: Gentiana lutea
Plant Family: Gentianaceae
PART(S) USED: Dried, mature root.
OVERVIEW: Gentian is an herb from the Alps and the Himalayas. The roots take 7 to 10 growing seasons to mature. The botanical name Gentiana is derived from Gentius, king of ancient Illyria (modern day Bosnia) (180-167 B.C.E.), who discovered its therapeutic values, according to a history written by Pliny the Elder (ca. 23-79 C.E.) The herb has been used in European herbal medicine throughout the 2200 years since its discovery for the treatment of anorexia, atonic dyspepsia, gastrointestinal atony indigestion, flatulence, nausea; strengthens debilitated digestive system, malabsorption conditions including anemia.
PREPARATIONS: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years. Place dried root in 150 ml water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Consult a healthcare practitioner before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have low blood pressure, are on any medications especially for high blood pressure, or before any surgeries.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition.
This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.