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Gentian Extract

  • Gentiana lutea
Gentian Extract



Extracted from: Dried root
Herb:Alcohol Ratio: 1:4

Also known as

Gentiana lutea, wild gentian or yellow gentian, and as gentiana in English-language commentaries on Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Gentian is an herb of the high pastures of the Alps and the Himalayas. The roots take 7 to 10 growing seasons to mature. The botanical name Gentiana is derived from Gentius, king of ancient Illyria (modern day Bosnia) (180-167 B.C.E.), who discovered its therapeutic values, according to a history written by Pliny the Elder (ca. 23-79 C.E.) The herb has been used in European herbal medicine throughout the 2200 years since its discovery.


Bitter principles (amarogentin, gentiopicroside) and the bitter-tasting gentiobiose, which is so bitter that it can be tasted even if it is diluted with 58,000,000 times its volume of water.

Typical Preparations

Bitters, teas, tonics, and tinctures.


Don't take gentian if you have peptic or duodenal ulcers. May seldom cause gastro-intestinal upset. Not recommended for long term use.


Specific: Use with caution in persons with gastrointestinal irritation and duodenal ulcers.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.