Related to gentian with identical indications.
• atonic digestive complaints
- pancreatic insufficiency
• gastric esophageal reflux disease (GERD)†
• biliary insufficiency
- cholelithiasis (gallstones)
- biliary dyskinesia
• Secoiridoid glycosides (e.g. amarogentin)
• Infusion (dried root): 1 tsp/cup tid, ac
• Tincture (1:5 in 25% EtOH): 1-2 ml tid, ac
Contraindications: Pregnancy and lactation (uterine stimulant).
†Caution: Gastritis, hiatal hernia, peptic ulcers. May aggravate as bitters increase gastric secretions; however, may also benefit patients with GERD where LES tone is the cause, not hyperacidity. Discontinue use if if pain is burning in epigastric region.
Note: Concomitant ingestion of demulcent herbs can help prevent an aggravation.
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