Gentian Root

Gentian root is widely used as herbal remedy for many diseases associated with the liver. Also known as Long Dan Cao, it refers to the dried roots and rhizome of Gentiana scabra Bunge, Gentiana triflora pall,Gentiana manshurica Kitag, Gentiana lutea, Gentiana rigescens Frach, Gentiana scabra, and many other Gentian varieties.

Gentians produce trumpet-shaped flowers that can be azure, white, yellow, cream, or red. Many species bear flowers of varying colors in a single plant. Most flowers have five corolla lobes and five sepals. The stem grows to about 3 or 4 feet tall and the leaves are oppositely arranged.

The long and thick root has yellowish-brown color and grows to more than a yard long with a diameter of 2 inches.

The main chemical constituents of Gentian roots are Gentiin and Gentiamarin, Gentiopicrin, Gentianic acid, dextrose, laevulose, sucrose, Swertiamarin, Trifloroside, Sweroside, Amarogentin, Amaroswerin, Gentioflavine, Gentiopicroide tetraacette, Gentianine, Gentianol, Gentianidine, and Gentianose, and β-Sitosterol, among others. Gentiin, Gentiamarin, and Gentiopicrin are the bitter glucosides. Dextrose, sucrose, laevulose, and gentianose are the saccharine constituents.


  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-hypertensive

  • Hepatoprotective

  • Anti-parasitic

  • Sedative

  • Anti-fungal

  • fibrefuge

  • Stomach tonic

  • Emmenagogue

  • Appetite stimulant

  • Antiseptic

  • Anthelmintic

Gentian root is traditionally used to treat hair loss caused by lifestyle-induced stress. It has been used to treat general hair loss or alopecia universalis which causes the shedding of all body hair including the beard, eyebrows, eyelashes, armpit hair, and pubic hair. In a clinical research, it was shown that alopecia sufferers have hyperactive livre-fire as a common condition, and the administration of Gentian root halted the progress of hair loss and promoted hair growth after a series of treatment courses. The effectiveness of the program was attributed to balancing and strengthening of the qi and elimination of pathogens.

In modern medicine, Gentian root continues to be used for its potent properties. Gentiopicroside, a chemical component, has anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and hepaprotective properties. Erythricine has calming effect on nerves and muscles. When taken in large doses, it slows down heart rate and reduces blood pressure.

The liquid extract can inhibit skin fungi, Salmonella typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, leptospira, and proteusbacillus vulgaris.

This bitter vegetable tonic is very beneficial in relieving exhaustion from effects of chronic diseases and in cases of general weakness and appetite loss. It strengthens and revives the human system and is one of the best tonics for the stomach and digestive system, including the liver.

For strength, overall health and wellness, take a good dose of the Gentian root.

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