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Friday, February 14, 2014



One of my favorite and not-popularly-known herbs is GENTIAN, though it is considered to be one of the most popular of the bitter stomachic herbs by herbalists. One of its greatest uses has been to alleviate exhaustion brought on by chronic disease; and is also used for treating general debilitation in the body. The herb is also considered a excellent tonic - an effective strengthening agent for the entire human body. Fevers can be alleviated by its use and gentian remedies also aid in stimulating the menstruation and is used as a major emmenagogue.   As a major anthelmintic agent, it aids in the quick elimination of intestinal worms, and is prized for its antiseptic actions.

GentianAn excellent and reliable tonic and blood purifier.  Good for liver complaints and dysentery.  Most effective for jaundice, hepatitis, enlargement of liver and spleen, and rheumatism. Prevents cramps and convulsions. Gentian root will improve the appetite and strengthen the digestive organs.  Good for gastritis, indigestion (its most common use is as a digestive bitter with alcohol tinctures), heart burn and stomach aches.  When used for these conditions, gentian should be taken 30-60 minutes before meals. Increases circulation, benefits the female organs, and invigorates the entire system Useful in fevers, colds, gout, scrofula, acne, rashes, obesity, ulcers, some cancers, diabetes. Expels worms. Excellent in suppressed menstruation and scanty urine. Because of its bitterness, it is better to combine gentian root with some aromatic herbs such as a small amount of licorice. It is more effective than quinine. Allays  poison from insect and snake bites. Yellow gentian is useful as a blood-builder during convalescence, since it is raises the white blood cell count. Kills plasmodia (organisms that cause malaria) and worms.

Used externally as a wash for wounds and inflammations; also the fresh leaves are placed on open wounds and inflammations to act as a refrigerant; and they are soothing as footbaths. Native Americans also applied an infusion of blue gentian root to relieve backache. Chinese use one of their species for pelvic inflammatory disease, genital herpes, venereal sores, and venereal diseases.

Gentian is used in combination with elderflower, verbena, cowslip flower and sorrel for treating symptoms of sinus infections.

Gentian root can be added to other herbs to help alleviate any of the above conditions. To make a decoction, boil the root for twenty minutes, covered, then strain and cool. The herbal decoction can be taken for abdominal fullness and stomach pains, once daily before meals.  A tincture can also be taken, 30 drops or ½ tsp two-three times every day to stimulate the digestive system, or whenever necessary to inhibit sudden cravings for sweet foods and sugar. The tincture of gentian is also used to help treat liver imbalances such as hepatitis, and to help alleviate inflammations in the gall bladder. Gentian is applied to the skin for treating wounds and cancer.

The use of gentian root is contraindicated in cases of gastric and duodenal ulcers as well as in hyperacidity cases. Expectant mothers and individuals with very high blood pressure also may not tolerate gentian root well.

I use Gentian in one of my main tonic formulas: FO TI LONGEVITY, which can be purchased on my website (see direct link on side pages).

The Chinese name for Fo Ti is Shou Wu, and it is the main herb of this liquid tonic formula, and is for men and women. The other  main three ingredients I added to this formula are drawn in this black-colored liquid containing 15% alcohol, as well as various other herbs that  manufacturers claim gently increases the energy level, tonifies, warms, and invigorates the blood, nourishes the liver and kidneys, addresses diabetes and benefits the eyes. It is said that regular use strengthens the bones and tendons and improves sleep, restores blackness to the hair and is suitable for long-term use. This Chinese patented formula contains the herbs Dong Quai, Solomon's Seal, Rehmania, Ligusticum, Angelica Glabra, Villous Amomum (a type of Cardimom) and Cloves.


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