Monday, December 15, 2008

Gentiana kurroo Royle.

Family : Gentianaceae

A small perennial herb with a stout rhizome bearing decumbent flowering stems, each with 1-4 blue flowers. Leaves radical and cauline, the former oblong-lanceolate and tufted, and the tatter linear and in pairs united at the base into a tube.

Swamps and rocky areas of the northwestern Himalayas.

Parts Used : Plant and root

Herb Effects
Stimulates the liver and increases the secretion of gastric juices (plant); purifies blood, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bitter tonic, cholagogue, emmenagogue, febrifuge, refrigerant, stomachic (root).

Active Ingredients
Gentiopicroside and 6.7-di-meocoumarin (plant).

Medicinal Use
Increasing the secretion of gastric juices, urinary troubles and as a tonic (plant); fevers, abdominal pain and for purifying blood (root). Best strengtheners of the human system, stimulating the liver, gall bladder and digestive system; taken internally in the treatment of liver complaints, indigestion, gastric infections, anorexia, gout, torpid liver, spleen enlargement, anaemia and worms. It should not be prescribed for patients with gastric or duodenal ulcers.


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