Native to Europe, Gentian root is used as a bitters and liver tonic, boosting the immune system. It is recognised for stimulating appetite, improving digestion, treating heartburn, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach ache. It also treats fever and hysteria, and lowers blood pressure. Gentian root can be used to prevent muscle spasms, treat parasitic worms, start menstrual period and kill germs. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that can possibly treat pain associated with inflamed arthritis. It is also possibly effective in treating symptoms of sinus infection.
Normally, Gentian root is taken with a combination of herbs; elder flower, verbena and cowslip flower. This root is a herbal treatment for anorexia, gaining weight and sluggishness. It contains alkaloids and constituents, pectin, tannin and xanthones. It is commonly taken as a tea, extract, tincture or in its powder form, and can be found in alcoholic beverages.
WARNING: Consuming the common combination method (gentian root, elder flower, verbena and cowslip flower) may result in digestive upset and rash. Caution is advised if pregnant or breastfeeding. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional before usage.
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