Latin name: Gentiana lutea
Genus: Gentian plants, protected
Common names: Bitter root, yellow gentian, jice, sauwurz

Plant description Fenugreek seeds

Plant description: Stately, up to knee-high, tufted yellow blooming plant. Leaves facing each other. The roots of older plants can be as thick as an arm.
Flowering time: July and August
Origin: Mainly on the limestone soils of the Alps.

Plant parts used medicinally

The root


Bitter substances, mainly gentiopicrin and among other things amarogentin (the most bitter substance known so far) which tastes bitter in extremely high dilution. Plus tannins, little essential oil and lots of carbohydrates.

Medicinal effects and application of fenugreek seeds

Gentian is a pure one Bitter substance drug. The low tannin content leaves undesirable irritant effects omitted. Gentian root is used for Lack of appetite, Stomach acid deficiency, Flatulence and Convulsions in the gastrointestinal tract. The bile secretion is positively influenced.

The bitter substances act as soon as they come into contact with the oral mucous membrane, triggering healing reflexes. In the case of insufficient gastric juice formation, gentian is the drug of choice, in complete contrast to excessive gastric juice production and heartburn. Gentian is not indicated here but rather drugs anise, Caraway seed, Lemon balm, chamomile or fennel. Gentian is also not indicated for stomach and small intestinal ulcers.

Gentian becomes too Gentian schnapps produced, which is considered digestive

Use in homeopathy

Gentia lutea is used in low potencies (D1 to D4) for loss of appetite, a feeling of fullness and poor digestion.

Preparation of gentian

Gentian tea: Pour 1 teaspoon of cut gentian root with ¼ l water, heat and boil for 5 minutes, strain and drink moderately warm 15 minutes before the main meals.

Cold extraction: Pour 2 cups of water over 1 teaspoon of chopped gentian root, cover and leave to stand overnight, strain and drink moderately warm.

side effect

With a normal dosage there is no need to worry about side effects.