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Alternative Names

Bitterwort, Bitter Root, Geneciana, Gall Weed, Gentiane, Gentianae Radix, Gentiane Jaune, Gentiane Acaule, Gentiane Sans Tige, Gentiane Pâle, Grande Gentiane, Gentiane Sauvage, Pale Gentian, Racine Amère, Stemless Gentian, Yellow Gentian, Wild Gentian CAUTION: Please refer to separate listing for Jimson Weed, Canadian Hemp

Scientific Name

Gentaina Lutea

Why Do People Use Gentian?

Oral preparations of Gentiana lutea (Gentian), like gentian powder, are extremely useful in improving digestive dysfunction for example loss of appetite, fullness, diarrhea, flatulence, heartburn, gastritis and for vomiting complaints. In addition, gentian powder is orally used for hysteria, fever issues, antiseptic to boost up the menstrual flow, hypertension issues, as an anthelmintic and as an antispasmodic. Generally, gentian is used topically to treat various types of cancer and wounds. Gentian is also used to treat sinusitis and to maintain healthy sinuses, when it is used in combination with various items such verbena, European elder flower, for malaria related diseases, cowslip flower. In Beverages and Foods Items gentian powder is considered one of the most vital ingredients in various food items and beverages. In manufacturing, Gentiana lutea is an active ingredient in various cosmetic products.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Safe - Usage of gentian root in various food items is generally considered safe to use. In the US, Gentian root has attained Generally Recognized As Safe status (GRAS), when used as an ingredient in food items. Gentian root is also considered safe with combination of various items like elderflower, gentian root, verbena, cowslip flower, sorrel (Sinupret and SinuComp). However, about safety of topical usage of gentian, there is lack of insufficient reliable information available. Avoid Using in Breast Feeding and Pregnancy - Gentian is not advised in pregnancy and for lactation because there is no reliable and authentic information available regarding safety of gentian in both conditions.

How Effective Is Gentian?

Likely Effective in Sinusitis - Oral intake of gentian with a specific combination of products including verbena, elderflower, sorrel and cowslip flower maybe effective for chronic or acute sinusitis. Some clinical studies have also utilized Sinupret. However, there is less effective and unreliable information regarding the effectiveness of gentian powder for other uses.

How Gentian Works?

The most effective parts of Gentiana lutea are the bark, but the root is most commonly utilized part of gentian. Gentian root contains triterpenoids, xanthones, and different constituents. Gentian root consists of xanthones, triterpenoids and other constituents. According to recent clinical experiment, gentian root has narcotic impacts on body. The xanthone gentiacaulein appears to have antidepressant activity likely because of monoamine oxidase-A inhibition. Initial studies also suggest that extract of gentian bark may also have MAO-B inhibitor impacts. Gentian root has been utilized generally as an antihypertensive. Extract of gentian root appears to have vaso-relaxant characteristics. It has also been recommended that the xanthone constituents, gentiakochianin and gentiacaulein, may cause vasodilation due to an unknown mechanism.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Gentian?

Oral - Combination of gentian root and other herbs maybe responsible for adverse effect of gastrointestinal tract and some allergic skin reactions.

How Gentian Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Hypotensive-Contained Effects Supplements and Herbs - Gentian is considered to have hypotensive impacts. Combination of gentian with other supplements and herbs with hypotensive effects may enhance the hypotension risks in some individuals. Herbs and supplements in this category are casein peptides, andrographis, coenzyme Q-10, theanine, cat's claw, L-arginine, fish oil, stinging nettle, lycium and others.

How Gentian Interacts With Drugs?

Antihypertensive Drugs - Interaction rating between gentian powder and antihypertensive drugs is moderate so be careful of this combination. Gentian powder may enhance the risks of hypotension when used in combination with antihypertensive drugs. These drugs include enalapril (Vasotec), captopril (Capoten), valsartan (Diovan), losartan (Cozaar), Amlodipine (Norvasc), diltiazem (Cardizem), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril) and some other drugs as well.

How Gentian Interacts With Foods?

There is no interaction between gentian powder and various food items.

How Gentian Interacts With Lab Tests?

No interaction exists between Gentiana lutea and different kind of lab tests.

How Gentian Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Hypotension - Oral utilization of gentian powder may worsen hypotension or may exacerbate the therapeutic or side effects of anti-hypertensive drugs. Surgery - In surgical operations, gentian may affect individual’s blood pressure level. Gentian may also take part in blood pressure control after and even during surgical procedures. So, such patients who want to have some surgical procedures are advised to avoid gentian powder at least before two weeks of surgical procedures.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Gentian?

ORAL For the treatment of chronic or acute sinusitis, particular combination of products, such as SinuComp Phytopharmica, with 12 mg of gentian root and 36 mg each of verbena, European elder flower, cowslip flower and sorrel has been utilized thrice in whole day. TOPICAL There is no topical dosage of gentian.


White hellebore can be misidentified as gentian and maybe responsible for accidental poisoning when it is used as in household ingredient. Don’t mix Gentian root with gentian violet dye.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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