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Gentian

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What other names is Gentian known by?

Bitter Root, Bitterwort, Gall Weed, Geneciana, Gentiana acaulis, Gentiana kochiana, Gentiana lutea, Gentianae Radix, Gentiane, Gentiane Acaule, Gentiane Jaune, Gentiane Pâle, Gentiane Sans Tige, Gentiane Sauvage, Grande Gentiane, Pale Gentian, Racine Amère, Stemless Gentian, Yellow Gentian, Wild Gentian.

What is Gentian?

Gentian is an herb. The root of the plant and less commonly, the bark, are used to make medicine.

Is Gentian effective?

There is some scientific evidence that gentian, when combined with other herbs including European elder flower, verbena, cowslip flower, and sorrel, might help for treating symptoms of sinusitis.

There isn't enough information to know if gentian is effective for the other conditions people use it for, including: stomach disorders, diarrhea, fever, heartburn, vomiting, menstrual disorders, cancer, and others.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Symptoms of sinus infection (sinusitis) when combined with other herbs including elderflower, verbena, cowslip flower, and sorrel.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Stomach disorders, high blood pressure, diarrhea, fever, heartburn, vomiting, menstrual disorders, cancer, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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