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Gentian is a tall, attractive perennial plant native to the mountainous areas of central and southern Europe. It may grow up to 140 cm (55 in) high with a single stem (no branches) from which long bluish-green leaves emanate in opposite pairs. On the upper section of the plant these turn into saucer-shaped subtending leaves from which the long stemmed flowers appear. In early autumn or fall the root of the gentian plant is dug up and dried (4) (5).
The most common medicinal uses for gentian include treating digestive orders such as loss of appetite, fullness and flatulence. It is however used for a variety of other purposes, such as reducing fever, eradicating parasitic worms and as a general tonic (roborant) (1) (2) (3).
Root extracts of gentian have antifungal activity, are anti-inflammatory, and have immunostimulating activities (6).
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