The Gentian is an excellent stomachic bitter, and resembles, in its medicinal action, our Hydrastis. I do not think, however, it has the same kindly influence in irritable conditions of the stomach.
A very fine preparation may be made by taking five parts of Gentian, and one part of Podophyllum; and making a tincture by percolation, using dilute Alcohol. It is one of the most efficient remedies I have ever used in atony of the stomach and bowels, with feeble or slow digestion.
Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.