Gentian Violet and its Benefits
The part of gentian violet used for medicinal purposes is the dried rhizome and root.
Gentian contains bitter substances such as the glycosides gentiopicrin and amarogentin.
Gentian stimulates appetite and digestion through a general stimulation of the digestive juices, increasing the production of saliva, gastric juices and bile. Gentiopicrin may protect the liver.
Gentian tincture improves poor appetite by inhibiting the feeling of fullness after eating.
It also accelerates the emptying of the stomach and eases stomach pain and indigestion. It is recommended wherever you have a lack of appetite, dyspepsia or flatulence.
The general toning effect of this herb enables it to play a role in treating debility, anorexia and exhaustion.
To prepare it, put l/2 a teaspoonful of the shredded root in a cup of water and boil it in a covered container for 15 minutes.
Drink it when warm l5-30 minutes before meals. You can also drink it at any time you experience stomach pains because of a feeling of fullness.
It can be taken as tincture. Take l-2 ml of the tincture three times a day. Gentian violet is available without a prescription.
Gentian violet is an excellent treatment for Candidaalbicans. It belongs to the group of medicines called antifungals. It can be used to treat some types of fungus infections inside the mouth (thrush) and the skin.
Candida albicans is the fungus that causes an infection of skin or mucous membranes inside the mouth etc. in both children and adults.
In small children, candida albicans is a frequent cause of white patches in the mouth (thrush) and diaper rash.
When a nursing mother has a candidal infection of the nipple, she may experience severe nipple pain and deep breast pain.
Gentian Violet Side Effects
Side effects may include skin irritation.
Gentian violet is not known to cause birth defects or other problems in humans and appears to be safe to use in pregnancy.
People suffering from excessive stomach acid, heartburn, peptic ulcer disease, and gastritis should not use gentian unless under medical supervision.