This is a popular bitter
type of tonic used for the treatment of digestion problems as well as an appetite
stimulant. Because of its bitter properties, it stimulates the secretion of stomach acid
and produces saliva. Because of this, you may be recommend taking this herb before or with
Its most common form is in
liqueurs, vermouths, and a variety of other bitter-tasting cocktails.
How It May Benefit
Upset stomach, nausea, or
vomiting may develop from taking gentian. Use only under the direction of a Health
Professional if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure (hypertension), or serious
Do not give gentian to
children under 2 years of age.
Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced
herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
Gentian is available as
dried roots, various drinks and in tincture.