- Gastric Stimulant
Gentian is known as a 'pure' bitter, meaning that it is used specifically for its bitter effects. Usually herbal medicines have a variety of different actions and applications, and gentian is traditionally used to stimulate the bitter receptors on the tongue. It may sound strange, but this is a very good for you.
When we taste something bitter, there is a priming effect on the upper digestive tract.
This is thought to occur by a nerve reflex that causes ‘vagal stimulation’.
Vagal stimulation causes an increase in secretion of stomach juices (which are released to start digesting our food), an increase in bile flow (to help break down fats) and a signal to the pancreas to be ready to release enzymes for digesting.
Often the importance of upper digestive tract health is overlooked. It is essential in maintaining overall health and the prevention of disease. Stomach secretions decline with age, and many people over 65 have below normal stomach acidity.
Adequate acidity in the stomach is essential in assisting the break down of food, and it provides protection from parasites and bacterial infections. Famous herbalist Dr Rudolf Weiss recommends that bitters be taken regularly for more pronounced results.
Do not use if you have peptic ulcers both gastric and duodena are contraindicated.
May suppress digestive secretions if taken at larger doses than recommended.
Mild adverse reactions reported including skin rash, mild digestive upset.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with GENTIAN
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.
*Our naturopath will consult with you to ensure this is right for you.