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Medicinal uses supported by clinical data
None.  For  the  results  of  three  uncontrolled  human  studies,  see  Clinical pharmacology  (20–22).  Although  the  findings  suggest  that  Radix  Gentianae Luteae may be of benefit for the treatment of dyspepsia, data from controlled clinical trials are currently lacking.
 
Uses described in pharmacopoeias and well established documents
Treatment of digestive complaints, such as loss of appetite, feeling of distension and flatulence (23). As an appetite stimulant during convalescence (24).
 
Uses described in traditional medicine
As a carminative, depurative, emmenagogue, febrifuge, tranquillizer and tonic,  and  to  facilitate  labour  (8,  10).  Treatment  of  diabetes  and  dysmenorrhoea (10).

 References:


8. Youngken  HW. Textbook  of  pharmacognosy,  6th  ed.  Philadelphia,  PA, Blakiston, 1950.
 
10.  Farnsworth  NR,  ed. NAPRALERT  database.  Chicago,  IL,  University  of  Illinois at Chicago, 9 February 2001 production (an online database available directly through the University of Illinois at Chicago or through the Scientific and Technical Network (STN) of Chemical Abstracts Services).
 
20.  Glatzel H, Hackenberg K. Röntgenologische Untersuchungen der Wirkungen von Bittermitteln auf die Verdauungsorgane. [Radiological investigations on the effects of bitter drugs on the digestive organs.] Planta medica, 1967, 15:223–232.
 
21.  Zimmermann  W,  Gaisbauer  G,  Gaisbauer  M.  Wirkung  von  Bitterstoff-Drogen  auf  das  darmassoziierte  Immunsystem.  [The  effect  of  the  bitter principles  of  drugs  on  the  gastrointestinal  immune  system.] Zeitschrift  ür  Phytotherapie, 1986, 7:59–64.
 
22.  Wegener  T.  Anwendung  eines  Trockenextraktes  Augentianae  luteae  radix bei dyspeptischem ymptomkomplex. [Use of a dry extract of Augentianae luteae radix in dyspepetic symptom complex.] Zeitschrift für phytotherapie1998, 19:163–164.
 
23.  Blumenthal M et al., eds. The complete German Commission E monographs, Austin, TX, American Botanical Council, 1998.
 
24. Weiss  RF. Lehrbuch der Phytotherapie . 7th ed. [Textbook of phytotherapy, 7th ed.] Stuttgart, Hippokrates, 1991.


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