Gentian is used for digestion problems such as loss of appetite, bloating, diarrhea, and heartburn. It is also used for fever and to prevent muscle spasms.
Gentian is applied to the skin for treating wounds and cancer.
Gentian is used in combination with European elderflower, verbena, cowslip flower, and sorrel for treating symptoms of sinus infections (sinusitis).
In foods and beverages, gentian is used as an ingredient.
In manufacturing, gentian is used in cosmetics.
Gentian root is not related to the gentian violet dye (methylrosaniline chloride).
If you plan to make your own gentian preparation, be sure you identify gentian correctly. The highly toxic white hellebore (Veratrum album) can be misidentified as gentian and has caused accidental poisoning when used in homemade preparations.
Safety Safety definitions
There isn't enough information to know if applying gentian to the skin is safe.
The highly toxic white hellebore (Veratrum album) can be mistaken for gentian and has caused accidental poisoning when used in homemade preparations.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of gentian during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Low blood pressure: There is a concern that using gentian might make low blood pressure worse or interfere with drug treatment to increase blood pressure.
Surgery: Because gentian might affect blood pressure, there is a concern that it might interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop using gentian at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
- Sinus infection (sinusitis). Research studies show that taking gentian as part of a combination herbal product improves symptoms from sinus infections. Taking gentian as part of a combination herbal product along with a prescription steroid nasal spray (Nasonex) seems to reduce the symptoms of a sinus infection better than taking the steroid nasal spray alone.
- Weight loss. Early research shows that eating a special pudding containing gentian root extract for breakfast once can reduce the number of calories eaten over the next 24 hours. But this does not reduce feelings of hunger or fullness.
- Stomach disorders.
- High blood pressure.
- Menstrual disorders.
- Other conditions.
Dosing & administration
- Sinus infection (sinusitis): A specific combination product (Sinupret) containing 12 mg of gentian root and 36 mg each of European elder flower, verbena, sorrel, and cowslip flower has been taken three times daily. Another combination product (Sinupret forte) containing 12 mg of gentian root and 36 mg each of elder flower, primrose flower, verbena and sorrel has been taken three times daily for 7 days.
Interactions with pharmaceuticals
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs)
Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Theoretically, gentian might decrease blood pressure. Taking gentian along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.
Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.
Interactions with herbs & supplements
Interactions with foods
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- Calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B5) 21.84 mg equiv. pantothenic acid 20 mg
- Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6) 12.16 mg equiv. pyridoxine 10 mg
- Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 50 mg
- d-alpha-Tocopheryl acetate 36.77 mg equiv. vitamin E 25 IU
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