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Gentian Root

£3.50 50g           

Gentian Root (Gentiana lutea)

Gentian root (Gentiana lutea)

Gentian root (Gentiana lutea)

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Yellow Gentian Root (Gentiana lutea)

Main Constituents

  • Bitter principles of the secoiridoid type, up to 4%: gentiopicroside together with amarogentin, sweroside and swertiamarin
  • Gentiopicroside, 2-3% is quantitatively prediominant but amarogentin, 0.025 - 0.05%, has a bitterness value some 5000 times greater and thus accounts for most of the bitterness


  • bitter
  • digestive stimulant
  • mild antidepressant

The secoiridoid bitter principles, especially amarogentin, stimulate gustatory receptors in the taste buds, causing a reflex increase in saliva and gastric juice and thus the stimulation of the appetite. See our article on bitters for some more general information.

Main Indications

  • lack of appetitie
  • anorexia
  • gastro-intestinal atony
  • atonic dyspepsia
  • general digestive tonic
  • bloating and flatulence

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