Gentian (Gentiana lutea) is also known as Bitter root or Bitterwort. For the most part, the root of Gentian is used medicinally although occasionally, the fresh aerial parts will be collected for use. Gentian is a native of the central and southern mountainous regions of Europe. Gentian was named after Gentius, King of lIlyria (180-167 BC) who discovered the plants healing powers. It was used throughout the Middle Ages as an antidote to poison.
Gentian has an extremely bitter taste. This has prompted its use in brewing. Gentian works to stimulate the taste buds, increasing salive and digestion juices. Genitain's active constituents are considered gentiamarin, gentiopicrin, amarogentin, and swertiamarin.
Gentian is primarily used for digestive disorders such as appetite loss, indigestion, diarrhea, flatulence, gastritis, heartburn, and vomiting. It has also been used for fever, hysteria, to stimulate menstrual flow, as an anthelmintic and antiseptic.
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Cautions Orally, to those sensitive to bitter substances, gentian may cause headaches, gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, and vomiting.