Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tongue Reading, Diagnosing PT 4

PT 1-3

Tongue reading has its ancient roots in TCM, it is not Christian , but web MD has much on it, and in the West in the old days my mom when we kids were sick would have us stick out our tongue and this was common folk methods of diagnosing example from web MD.

Tongue Problem Basics

Though often hailed as "the strongest muscle in the body," the tongue is made up of a group of muscles that allow us to taste food, swallow, and talk. A healthy tongue is pink and covered with small nodules called papillae.

Because you use your tongue constantly, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable when you experience tongue problems, including discoloration and soreness. There are a variety of causes for a number of common tongue symptoms. Fortunately, the majority of tongue problems are not serious and most can be resolved quickly.

In some instances, though, a discolored or painful tongue can indicate more serious conditions, including vitamin deficiencies, AIDS, or oral cancer. For this reason, it is important to seek medical advice if you have any ongoing problems with your tongue.

What Causes a White Tongue?

There are a number of things that can cause a whitish coating or white spots to develop on the tongue, including:

Leukoplakia. This condition causes cells in the mouth to grow excessively. That, in turn, leads to the formation of white patches inside the mouth, including on the tongue. Although not dangerous on its own, leukoplakia can be a precursor to cancer. So it is important for your dentist to determine the cause of white patches on your tongue. Leukoplakia can develop when the tongue has been irritated, and it is often found in people who use tobacco products.

Oral thrush . Also known as candidiasis, oral thrush is a yeast infection that develops inside the mouth. The condition results in white patches that are often cottage cheese-like in consistency on the surfaces of the mouth and tongue. Oral thrush is most commonly seen in infants and the elderly, especially denture wearers, or in people with weakened immune systems. People with diabetes and people taking inhaled steroids for asthma or lung disease can also get thrush. Oral thrush is more likely to occur after the use of antibiotics, which may kill the "good" bacteria in the mouth. Eating plain yogurt with live and active cultures may help restore the proper fauna in your mouth. Additionally, medications may be used to combat the infection.

Oral lichen planus . A network of raised white lines on your tongue with a lace-like appearance can be a sign of this condition. Doctors often can't pinpoint its cause, but it usually gets better on its own. You can do some things that might help: Practice proper dental hygiene, avoid tobacco, and cut back on foods that irritate your mouth.

The link has much more information, it speaks of a MD, again its not TCM, it's western medicine and western herbalisem. Many Christians do not believe herbs are Christian , well they are 100% wrong, herbs were used by the Jews for centuries. Many feel this way because so much is New age and pagan, but not all. Many Christians also are very big on herbs and home health, so its OK, I know it is, I am a minister, I am an herbalist, I pray with people before the intake and after.

Looking at a tongue also is old, old, USA practice. My mom, as I said in the start of this post, when we were sick, always said, 'stick out your tongue', I am sure older people remember this, so its OK and it tells a lot about whats going on in the body, hay my mom was right LOL.

This was my main reason to start the herb guild-association that is Christian , to let the world know, we are taking back what the pagans and evil false religions stole from us.

The guild still slowly growing, If you are a Christian and want to make a statement with me-Us, send an email and say I want to be on the guild page, you get a full newsletter every 3 months and un -limited access to me as an herbalist and more, its free, help me to get the guild with as many people as I can it's like our Christian herbal petition, look at it that way. The bigger the guild, the better for the school, you, all of us, it makes it legitimate when you have many in a guild, so join that for me today , you will get free things and information in exchange, anyone in any country can join its the ACHG, American Christian Herb Guild, American based but open world wide.

You can use the guild logo on cards, emails, anything, as a member. If your a home herbalist and want to start to help more people, or even start a practice, it does not hurt to be a member of a professional association or guild, its always a good thing, as it shows you are a part of and a member in good standing with an established organization.
Look at the Christian Herb guild today, I would love to see 200 people, my goal lets do it for our lord.

I am posting a very, very, basic tongue chart for basic reference, yes from a TCM page LOL.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fast Acting Herbs- 911 herbs- And Some Rx-OTC herb Equivalents -Add To The List-Re Post

We do have many 911 herbs, most are not, herbs take time. The fast acting herbs are 911 herbs, this is not a full list but a few to see. WE also have herbs that word similar , or better than a OTC or RX drug. In this PDF you will lean both.   

There is a roughly accurate proportional law of medicine that the stronger and faster acting a substance is, the more likely it will be dangerous and cause side-effects.

There are very few herbs used in a modern herbal practice today that run the risk of serious side-effects. The quickest acting and somewhat dangerous plants, those from which many drugs such as morphine, digitalis, atropine etc. come from have generally long been adapted into pharmaceuticals.
We do however still retain many plants in common use that work fast. Here is a short list of some of my own favorite, quick acting herbs. Read more about any that interest you by clicking on their links:

 Arnica: Fast relief for pain and bruising

 Calendula: Quick acting wound healing herb

 Cayenne: Rapidly increases circulation, may even help avert a cardiac event if used promptly-Stops bleeding wound on contact, the powered, try it and see best blood clotting agent known, no matter how bad cut is.

 Celery seed: Can flush the body of acidic wastes in a day or two

 Cramp Bark: Can quickly ease muscle spasms and cramps

Echinacea: Can turn back a bacterial infection if used promptly and frequently

 Fennel: May quickly ease indigestion and griping

 Garlic: Can kill off bugs that have survived everything else that’s been thrown at them

 Gentian: Can rapidly bring back a lost appetite to a weakened system

Ginger: Can rapidly help nausea and dizziness

 Licorice: Quickly improves blood sugars, brings back energy, soothes inflammation

 Limeflowers: Can rapidly soothe feverish children gone beyond the pale

 Motherwort: Can rapidly reduce symptoms of ‘cardiac anxiety’

 Myrrh: Fast acting natural antibiotic type actions

 Prickly Ash: Terrific tooth-ache remedy

 Shepherd’s purse: Can quickly help staunch bleeding

 Skullcap: Fast acting anxiety and overactive-mind relief

 Turmeric: Can be a quick acting natural anti-inflammatory if taken in sufficient amounts

Valerian: Potent and fast acting nervous tension diffuser

 Wild Cherry: Quick cough relief

 Wild Yam: Fast acting treatment for spasm and tension in the muscles

 Yarrow: Rapidly helps internal or external wounds to heal.

Best muscle relaxers

Cramp bark, for certain soft muscles-mostly women

Valerian-if one can tolerate it

 Passion flower


 Lobelia- must be fresh to take needed amount you will vomit.

RX- OTC does similar or same Herbal Equivalents


willow bark-aspirin-anti-inflammatory, break into sweat with cold, flu

Fox glove-Digitalis

Ashgawandha- Over time works as Ativan

Passion Flower- Benzo, Valium like GABA and MOA receptors- sedative pill

Cramp bark -Midol women's issues

Skullcap- Sedative, Ativan, etc

GSE- Grapefruit Seed Extract-Super antibiotic-antiviral

Chinese Skullcap- Viral outbreak-replaces need for flu and other shots

Slipper elm, husk-laxative meds

Honey-Prevention wounds, Antibacterial

Ephedra- Amphetamine-coffee substitute-Mormon tea

Koal nut-Caffeine substitute-amphetamine

Lobelia- Muscle relaxer, emetic, breathing replace asthma inhaler

Cayenne-911 heart, stroke, diaphoretic- stomach- energy- antidepressant-for hot days

Motherwart- Heart tonic and 911 hysteria and rapid heart beat due to stress, anti anxiety like benzo

Ginger-Benadryl (Anti Histamine action) motion sickness and dizzy

Creosote- Wound care, bleeding, blood purifier best in herb kingdom for blood purifier-arthritis pain, swelling

Magnesium-Calcium-sleep aid, calm aid, anti anxiety

Mexican prickly poppy-Moraine substitute, pain medication

Valerian-Sleep aid, sleeping pills-Often mixed with, skullcap, hops, passionflower, omega 3-lemon balm-Wood Betony- Jamaican Dogwood-Wild Lettuce, etc

Clove essential oil- Novacan- It does not last as long, but is fast action and gives relief in seconds, This could be in the fast acting herbs .

Some real life situations I have used in my practice.

Add your own herbs to the list. Have fun and be serious.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

How To Get Almost Any Herbal books Free- Good ones.

I have been telling people how to get free PDF's of quality books , its simple

Google search- type this in,

Free PDF and books name(?)

You will be surprised, 90% of the time I get what I was looking for. 

I feel one should try and buy as this is the ethical thing to do.  You want quality herb books and texts that is all you need to do.

I also found a great site to download many great herb books and all kinds of books on many subjects. The site is,

Also many out of print books, many materia medicas, formularies, eclectic books, and great old herbal books plus books on many subjects, are on,

You need to get a free library card and that is it, but you also can download without one.

Another great site with many old and some new books is at,

For my own PDF library, I am always looking for free books, also for the Bible college. I have honestly obtained well over 300 books in just 2 days , so do this and build your library.
It is unlawful to send many of these books, but all you need to do is get them yourself.

Prospective herb school students can obtain almost every book needed by doing this.
I like hard copies and most do, but also as a prep, I put these thousands of books I have on my Kindle and use a solar panel to charge it.... simple.

I have been working night and day on the herb school, level two and three, I added many, many, books students must get, but with this method you can get almost every book I have added to these diploma levels. 

Take a look at the books for all levels, you can see the text books I chose , this is not including the books I have done, or PDF lessons I have put together. 

I still do not understand why people are not taking advantage of this great tuition free herb school, it has audios, videos, books, labs, and only an administration fee. Look at the site today and sign up today, why wait, all you have to lose is your money.

If you have any herb questions at all, email me and I will send a long email, or PDF full of information, also, do not over look the 100% free online herbal intake, I want to be your herbalist free, use me while you can.

Of late I have been getting many calls and emails with great questions, I help all who want it.

 Once again the herb school link is at,

I have on the site an intake down load , but I also have an intake that does not ask as many questions. I think people are afraid to send this in because of the personal questions.

All I need to know is basically,

what RX, OTC's , herbs, supplements, you are on and also any known illness, or disease you have. You can just send in that information and we can get you started on getting well.

It is always best to send in a couple pics of your tongue and , one face pic,( If you are a women the face pic must be without any makeup) and one of your  eyes, this is what I do in person, but on- line it can be done with these few questions and the pics. Do not be afraid, Herbalist client confidentiality is a big deal, so you need not worry about anyone knowing anything, just me and you.

Look around and see what an herbal intake costs.

I offer all this 100% free.

I have a burden to help people  get well.

This does not replace seeing a DR. I must say that  it is the law, nor say 100% anything I teach, say will always work, herbs work different for each person.

So, do some book hunting, learn herbs NOW, I tell you it is important to learn Gods Pharmacy.

I do extensive research for you on herb-Herb- RX-Herb- OTC and Herb- herb--illness one has. 
contraindications and contradictions side effects and such.
At present I am several peoples on line herbalist. I have more free clients on line than I do in my off line free herbal practice.

I hope to hear from you today.

Danny Abaldo Master Herbalist.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Survival Herbalism , Raising your Pain Threshold-My Own Experiments

The day is coming reader when all you will have are herbs, no RX drugs , fact. Also, you can survive many things using certain herbs. This is a different post, not so much how to treat a symptom, or a medical use of a herb in detail, but a survival herbal post

There are any reasons on would want to raise their pain thresh hold.

Are you a great homesteader, chop wood, and live a harsh out door life, well soon you will.

Most of you reading this are used to all the electronic stuff, electric everything, but when the power goes off and does not come back on what do you do, how will you live?

Hand tools, hand saws, shovels and the like, basic old fashioned homesteading life style.
I was a city person most of my life. Summers, and a few years I did live in FT. Dodge Iowa, my mothers side, they had three farms , thousands of acres, I loved those days, and man it was hard work. I had a taste of it, sort of, but we had power.

For the past seven plus years I have been far out in the So Cal, Mojave desert a 100% different way of life than I have ever been exposed to. It is a huge challenge, great for solar stuff and that is about it.

I knew that Ginger and Cheyenne pepper could help with pain, Example a pinch of Cheyenne Pepper in hot water helps migraines, and Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory.

NOTE: I did this trial 2 summers ago, how times races by, these are from my notes.

I also learned Ginger raises your pain threshold lit. Well like always I am my own lab rat. I have taken 2 Grams a day of Ginger filled caps, now, at first I did not realize what it was doing. A couple weeks after taking it, I am taking it for other medical reasons number one, I forgot my own , pain threshold experiment.

Let me start by saying I have always had a very, very low pain threshold.

I was out getting wood to have a night fire with my 33 year old son, I did not even notice until well after our night under the stars and the nice fire.

We came back in the house, and a few moments later my son yelled out, “ Dear lord Dad how did you do that, does that hurt”. I looked down at my legs, I guess somehow , I tore my legs up, bleeding, a gash and swollen lumps . Large ones, later bruised, and lumps lasted 2 weeks, I really tore my legs up, I realized as normally at once I would have felt great pain, I lit. felt no pain at all none,.

I realized the next day the pain threshold experiment was working.
Next, I had a dental appointment, I am one who hates dentist and am scared to death, I was, until I started to learn dentistry and extracted two of my own teeth, and one surgically, stitches and all. ( Note I have said before), one of the most over looked things I find on survival sites and survival vids is dental issues. 80% of ALL military personnel war and peace time were in need of Medical attention for a dental issue, hello!.

I got on E-bay have a complete hand set of dental tools, watched videos read books, as a master herbalist I know anatomy, but never studied dental, mouth as much I did and do, and still learn dentistry around 7 years now, and 40 years studying Medicine, Trauma medicine, first aid, advanced first aid, , as a Master herbalist it was a great fit.

I was at the dentists had several extractions, normally I would flinch, freak, etc. I felt nothing at all. The next visits a root had to be extracted the dentists reached for his Novocain needle, I said, “ Wait, no Novocain needed”. Out came the straight elevator, and digging started, he did it without injection, and again I felt 100% nothing.

Note This also was a couple years ago-Lastly, on this example, my wife and I , were walking down a path, up a hill and my ankle kept bending all the way, not good again no pain, I fell down a good sized hill hit my arm on a rock looked like a compound fracture, no pain. Look I am not kidding about this, why would I, I am on earth to help, not lie. This is all true, so.

OH, my bursitis, is pain free now.

I am telling you reader this 2 grams of ginger sometimes two times a day, has done it, it will raise your pain threshold. It will be needed. I was looking at the top normal medical issues, as I was in study for survival medicine, lots of sprains, back pain, strained muscles, colds, flues, broken limbs. Much of this pain can be no problem if you take the powder Ginger. Get a few pounds some caps and fill. Wow.

I wonder if this will help when one is being tortured, YES. Serious thought reader.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pics Of Our Local Desert Wild Flowers- Yermo Ca St-Mojave Desert

There are two good links that you can look at and see what you think.
I am not knowledgeable concerning wild flowers in the area, we have had almost non in the 7 year drought we were in. The super bloom, we see it on the mission grounds. All pics taken only on our grounds we are at.

I have watched daily the flowers spring up, different ones, still happening.

The white desert Lilly, we saw one, yes one and only one the past few years, this year wow, everywhere and a first for us. I read they must have water and water we had this past raining season.

I was looking at the flowers and thinking, with the whole world going crazy we still see life, and life in this hard desert place.

Wild flower pics, Identification site for Yermo 300 plus pics

List for Barstow Flowers ,

Dry lake bed in bloom, I did not take this one, it is up the road from me, a look at what it looks like in the area.


White Desert Lily (Hesperocallis undulata)

This flower has been only seen one flower a year, after the rain, wow a lot of them.

UPDATE-Day Later-Found another patch of the white Lilly, amazing, understand , we have only seen one of these each year and had to look all over for it, that was in the drought as I said, amazing to us-Me.



Yellow Cups (Chylismia brevipes )

Hairy Desertsunflower (Geraea canescens) or Woolly Marigold (Baileya pleniradiata)

I took this pic at night. The flower bloomed in the day, maybe a couple days, after I saw it only bloomed at night odd. Yellow Evening Primrose, guess evening has something to do with it from my observations, note: This is not the primrose used as an herb.

Desert Evening Primrose (Oenothera primiveris)

Blue- Purple Flower, unknown?

White flower clusters. I could not find the exact plant, there are many of these and the yellow bells, mostly in the area.

South American Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Different pic, close up and normal, no shortage of Chaparral where I am . LOL.
I took one flower and made it a Black and white I like that in Pics.

Bonus Pic LOL Below

 This is what the p[ant has on it after the flower stage, ore towards OCT on. White fruit that looks like cotton, the white fruit, flower have no medicine of worth in them
Vase of wild flowers off the property for my wife.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I Re Posted Last Years Wind, Movie Project and Last Years Garden

I have had a few ask where is the wind video, I re posted it and showing some pics from last year. This year is 100% different and a good thing, the end of a 7 year drought.
I will post asap my local wild flower pics I took.

Vid interesting, the wild won so no series lol. 

 Couple container greens from last year, this year we will have to see.

I could grow and eat greens even in this desert waist place. Note: Understand I do not despise a desert God created, Yermo in the full meaning is-Un inhabitable- desert, wast land-The native Americans did not even stay in the area in summer. LOL, series. The Silver Minners and Train was this areas history and what a history of this once old siver mine's one of the largest , and also borax-12 Muel-  still MFG, from this  area, somewhow?

Monday, April 3, 2017

1000 Herbalist-1000 Views-How Is Right PT 4

Pt 1-Video, Post-Video one 1000 herbalist 1000 views who is right also making tinctures,

PT 2-1000 Herbalist-1000 Views-How Is Right

PT 3-1000 Herbalist-1000 Views-How Is Right

Determining Herbal Dosages-1000 herbalist-1000 views Who Is Right Pt 3

I am using the herb post below on Gentian, even on that, we see different dose, who is right? Link to A to Z on Gentian

1000 Herbalist-1000 Views-Who Is Right!!!!! series, I have put off due to daily school, and ministry..
I did this post in a video, its also the main transcript is on this blog, link.

Link vid 1000 Herbalist , also posted on page one of the herb school, it is very simple to understand, you would get a lot of insight from this problem. Most already know, unless your buying the same caps, tincture and dose as it says.(Not always-Vendors need sales)
If you study herbs you see everyone, book, website, they all differ who is right.
This is an example on an herb I have been in study a lot of late.

All the box, same thing, so, this is what a few sites said, mostly one site, lost link to second...I think, Ginko time. LOL.-I can not take any stimulant herbs , or anything . That is a CNS issue and we would use a Tonic and restorative herb for this , the page has good information, and science of, I like that.

Take a read-this one post , makes my point.
Must I go on...No, I think all have now learned the deal on this subject.

Your herbalist-Mentor is right, later on, take your own path into practicing herbs, on self, family. Loved ones.

Now the post with many difference in dosage amazing. Who do you listen to? You need to get an herbalist, or ask free questions or email me. I am on earth to serve, let me serve you today, no catch, do not keep emails, on and on, Integrity, as a Christian Herbalist, this is a must.

Herbs Constituents link is-

Phytochemicals and Constituents of Gentian and its parts.

Constituents of Gentian root:

The dried Gentian root of commerce contains Gentiin and Gentiamarin, bitter glucosides, together with Gentianic acid (gentisin), the latter being physiologically inactive. Gentiopicrin, another bitter glucoside, a pale yellow crystalline substance, occurs in the fresh root, and may be isolated from it by treatment with boiling alcohol. The saccharine constituents of Gentian are dextrose, laevulose, sucrose and gentianose, a crystallizable, fermentable sugar. It is free from starch and yields from 3 to 4 per cent ash.

Constitution in brief: Glycosides (gentiopicroside and amarogentin are primarily responsible for its bitter taste). Alkaloids. Flavonoids. Terpenes. Minerals. Vitamins.

Constituents of Gentian root: bitter principles of secoiridoid types (gentiopicrin, amarogentin, sweroside, swertiamarin); alkaloids (gentianine, gentialutine); oligosaccharides (gentianose); triterpenes; sugars (gentianose, gentiobiose), sucrose; polysaccharides (inulin, pectin); xanthones (gentisin, gentisein, isogentisin, gentioside, which impart the yellow colour to the root); phenolic acids (gentisic, caffeic, protocatechuic and others); traces of a complex volatile oil.

Glycosides known as amarogentin and gentiopicrin are primarily responsible for the bitter taste of gentian. In addition, the plant contains several alkaloids (mainly gentianine and gentialutine), xanthones, triterpenes, and sugars. Aside from its action as a bitter stomachic, none of the other purported effects is well documented in human beings. Some experiments on small animals indicate that gentian may increase the secretion of bile; the alkaloid gentianine also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties.

Amarogentin - Although present in much smaller quantities than gentiopicroside, amarogentin is the constituent largely responsible for the bitterness of gentian. It is 3,000 times more bitter than gentiopicroside, and, tasted at dilutions of 1 :50,000, it is possibly the most bitter substance on the planet.

Alterative, Anthelmintic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Blood Purifier, Emmenagoug, Febeifuge, Hepatic, Sialoguge, Stimulant, Stomachic, Vulnerary

Besides being unrivalled as a stomachic tonic, Gentian possesses febrifuge, emmenagogue, anthelmintic and antiseptic properties, and is also useful in hysteria, female weakness, etc. Gentian with equal parts of Tormentil or galls has been used with success for curing intermittent fever.

Primary Nutrients of Gentian root:Inositol, Iron, Manganese, Niacin, Silicon, Sulphur, Vitamins F, B-complex and Zinc

It is used for all cases of general debility, anorexia, dyspepsia and jaundice. There are several official preparations listed in the British Pharmacopoeia; but as the root yields all of its medicinal properties in water, it can be used domestically in the form of an infusion. It is better to combine the powdered root with an aromatic herb, like Cardamoms, to reduce the bitterness. One-fifth to one-half a teaspoonful of the powder is infused in a cupful of boiling water, and sweetened with honey.

Medicinal Action and application of Gentian root.

Gentiana Lutea Chinese Gentian Gentian Herb Primary Uses:Appetite Loss, Circulation/poor, Gastric Disorders, Indigestion, Jaundice, Liver Disorders

Secondary Uses:Anemia, Blood Impurities, Colds, Constipation, Cramps/stomach, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Fevers, Gas, Gout, heartburn, Menstruation/absent, Nausea, Spleen Ailments, Urinary Problems, Worms, Wounds, Yeast Infections

Medicinal virtues:The virtues of both are similar. They resist putrefactions and poison and a more sure remedy to prevent the pestilence cannot be found. It strengthens the stomach, helps digestion, comforts the heart, and preserves it against Paintings and swoonings. The powdered dried root opens obstructions of the liver and restores the appetite.

The herb provokes urine and the terms exceedingly, and therefore should not be given to women with child. But it is profitable for those troubled with cramps and convulsions, to drink the decoction. This also breaks the stone and helps ruptures. To kill the worms, take half a dram (1g) of the powder in the morning in any convenient liquor. It will also instantly heal lites on cattle's udders.

Gentian (Gentiana lutea) Gentian has been used for centuries for weakened digestive ability due to a weakness in gastric secretion, bile production or pancreatic enzyme production. It is our standard treatment for loss of appetite, anorexia, flatulence and heartburn. It also is great for sugar cravings along with Gymnema. Its bitterness really increases salivation and vagal nerve function, so we've successfully used it for people who have lost bowel function due to sluggish vagal nerve function.

Actions and indication:The essential active principles are the bitter substances contained in the herb. These bring about a reflex excitation of the taste receptors, leading to increased secretion of saliva and the digestive juices. Gentian root is therefore considered to be not simply a pure bitter, but also a roborant and tonic. In animal experimentation there are indications that bronchial secretion is increased.

Bitter.Digestive stimulant.Eases stomach pain. pronounced bitter gastric stimulant,sialagogue,cholagogue,tonic,antemetic, anti-inflammatory,febrifuge,refrigerant.

Indication:Anorexia.Atonic dyspepsia.Gastro-intestinal atony.It is very useful in some malnourished individuals, especially the elderly.

Characteristics: Perennial herb with large tap root and at least up to 1 m tall. Leaves large and deeply veined, in basal rosette until flowering. Flowers in terminal and axillary clusters, each cluster with a large leaf below it. Corolla deeply divided, yellow (petals nearly free), and not with folds (plicae) between lobes.
Gentian root:property discoveries from various test.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect:

Gentiopicroside can inhibit carrageenin from causing edema in rat paws. Intra-abdominal injection of gentianine has a significant inhibitory effect on egg white and formaldehyde-induced edema in rats. Gentian also has a significant anti-allergic effect. Experiments show that gentiopicroside has a significant protective effect on histamine-induced shock in guinea pigs and on egg white-induced allergic shock in rats. It can also significantly reduce capillary permeability in rats. If gentian water-extract is given before allergy was induced or before and after an allergic reaction attack, it can, like cortical hormone, significantly inhibit picryl chloride-induced DTH in mice.
Anti-pathogenic effects:

In vitro experiments show that Long Dan decoction can inhibit Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus proteus, typhoid bacillus, Staphylococcus aureus, Trichophyton gypseum, and Nocardia asteroides. The decoction has a strong paralytic effect on Ascaris suis. Fed to cats at 75-200mg/kg, gentianine can expel ascaris.
Assimilation of fats:

Gentian's bitter glycosides gentiopicrin and amarogentin stimulate secretion of saliva in the mouth and hydrochloric acid in the stomach, and may also stimulate bile production, which aids in the body's assimilation of fats.

Gentian is one of the most useful of our bitter vegetable tonics. It is specially useful in states of exhaustion from chronic disease and in all cases of general debility, weakness of the digestive organs and want of appetite. It is one of the best strengtheners of the human system, and is an excellent tonic to combine with a purgative to prevent its debilitating effects. Many dyspeptic complaints are more effectually relieved by Gentian bitters than by Peruvian Bark. It is of extreme value in jaundice and is prescribed extensively.

Besides being unrivalled as a stomachic tonic, Gentian possesses febrifuge, emmenagogue, anthelmintic and antiseptic properties, and is also useful in hysteria, female weakness, etc. Gentian with equal parts of Tormentil or galls has been used with success for curing intermittent fever.

Gentiana Lutea Chinese Gentian Gentian HerbAs a simple bitter, Gentian is considered more palatable combined with an aromatic, and for this purpose orange peel is frequently used. A tincture made with 2 oz. of the root, 1 oz. of dried orange peel, and ? oz. bruised cardamom seeds in a quart of brandy is an excellent stomachic tonic, and is efficacious in restoring appetite and promoting digestion. A favourite form in which Gentian has been administered in country remedies is as an ingredient in the so-called Stockton bitters, in which Gentian and the root of Sweet Flag play the principal part.
Cholagogic effects:

Administered to dogs by IV injection, Long Dan juice can significantly increase the bile flow. Specifically, the bile flow peaks at the 5-minute and 20-minute marks, the former due to gallbladder contraction, while the latter due to an increase in bile secretion. Administered by intraduodenal injection to healthy rats or rats with live damages, Long Dan juice has a significant cholagogic effect, increasing bile secretion, and promoting gallbladder contraction.
Cooling the system:

Gentian is used to reduce fevers by cooling the system. Gentian contains a bitter principle, amarogentin , which stimulates the glands, including the adrenals and the thyroid. It helps in the production of bile, which can have a positive effect on the liver and gallbladder.

Gentian is also used to clean the bowels, stimulate the pancreas, stimulate circulation, aid in the digestive process and help with female problems. Historically, gentian has been used to treat wounds and taken internally for inflammation from arthritis, jaundice and a sore throat. It is considered a great tonic for strengthening the entire body.
Gentian root Strengthens the digestive organs, increases circulation and is good for female organs.
Gentian root is a stimulator of the general circulation, which in turn stregthens the total system.

Gentian root is a high in simple energy producing sugars and is beneficial to the digesting organs, the stomach, and pancreas, as well as being an aid to the well being of both the kidney and spleen.

Gentian root Anti-inflammatory used in treatment of arthritis

Gentiana Lutea Chinese Gentian Gentian Herb Widespread use of gentian as an appetite stimulant and digestive aid would seem to favor the herb as effective for these conditions. However, since it is normally consumed as an alcoholic beverage, it is difficult to separate the effects of gentian from those of alcohol, which are very similar, at least when the alcohol is consumed in moderate amounts. In normal individuals, gentian is unlikely to produce undesirable side effects; however, occasional headaches have been reported. Overdoses (greater than 0.1 to 2 g of the drug decocted in 150 ml of water, three times per day), could lead to nausea or vomiting. Use is contraindicated in gastric or duodenal ulcers and hyperacidity. Pahlow warns that the drug may not be tolerated well by those with very high blood pressure or by expectant mothers. Actually, these people should be very cautious about using any medication, herbal or otherwise.
Digestive aids and Chronic disease:

Gentian root and other highly bitter plants have been used for centuries by herbalists in Europe as digestive aids (the well-known Swedish bitters often contain gentian). Other folk uses included topical application on skin tumors, decreasing fevers, and treatment of diarrhea.

Gentian increases the appetite, stimulates digestive juices, decreases intestinal inflammation, treats indigestion, heartburn, liver and spleen disorders, promotes menstruation, strengthens and builds the body, and is helpful for gout and arthritis. Do not use during pregnancy.

Gentian is one of the most useful of our bitter vegetable tonics. It is specially useful in states of exhaustion from chronic disease and in all cases of general debility, weakness of the digestive organs and want of appetite. It is one of the best strengtheners of the human system, and is an excellent tonic to combine with a purgative to prevent its debilitating effects. Many dyspeptic complaints are more effectually relieved by Gentian bitters than by Peruvian Bark. It is of extreme value in jaundice and is prescribed extensively.
Effect on the central nervous system:

Gentianine has significant sedative and anti-convulsion effects, and it can significantly reduce body temperature. Experiments show that gentianine can significantly reduce spontaneous activity in animals, strengthen the anesthetic effect of barbital and chloral hydrate on the central nervous system, and inhibit strychnine-induced convulsion. It does not inhibit cardiazol-induced convulsion, however, and it can aggravate nicotine-induced convulsion. Intra-abdominal injection of swertiamarin can also inhibit mice's spontaneous activity, and prolong the duration of sodium pentothal's anesthetic effect. Hot plate and body torsion experiments on mice show that intra-abdominal injection of swertiamarin has a significant analgesic effect. At 600mg/kg, its analgesic effect is about the same as that of morphine at 10mg/kg.
Effect on the activity of steroid 4-reductase:

Gentian root can significantly inhibit the activivity of 4-reductase of steroid, a key enzyme for the decomposition and metabolism of cortisol in the liver of rats with hyperthyroidism, thus reducing the degradation of cortisol and significantly decreasing the excretion of 17-hydroxy corticosteroid.
Inhibitory effect on reductase of crystal aldose:

Gentian root has a significant inhibitory effect on reductase (AR) of crystal aldose in rats.
Protecting the liver:

Administered to mice by abdominal injection at 30mg/kg, Long Dan juice can alleviate CCl4-induced cytomorphosis and tissue necrosis, and increase the content of hepatic glycogen. Administered to mice by abdominal injection at 240mg/kg, twice a day, for two days, gentiopicroside can counteract CCl4- or GALN-induced liver damages. Gentiopicroside can also significantly reduce liver lipid peroxidation in hungry mice. Sweroside can significantly counteract CCl4- or GALN-induced acute liver damages in both mice and rats, reduce ALT, AST, and ALP, and prevent splenomegaly caused by GALN poisoning.
Stomach-strengthening effect:

Direct perfusion of gentiopicroside through gastric fistula to the stomach of dogs can increase the secretion of gastric juice and free acid. Administering by rubbing it onto the underside of the tongue or through intravenous injection, however, does not have this effect, suggesting that the effect is due to direct action on the stomach. Swertiamarin can significantly alleviate spasm in isolated small intestine of rabbits, guinea pigs, or rats, and can antagonize the stimulatory effect of acetylcholine, histamine, and barium chloride on isolated small intestine of guinea pigs.
Other Uses of Gentian:

Gentiana Lutea Chinese Gentian Gentian HerbOrally, Long Dan Cao/Gentian is used for digestive disorders, such as loss of appetite, fullness, and flatulence. It is used orally for fever, for hysteria, to stimulate menstrual flow, as an anthelmintic, and antiseptic.
Topically, Long Dan Cao/Gentian is used for treating wounds and cancer.

Combination with European elder flower, verbena, cowslip flower, and sorrel, gentian is used orally for maintaining healthy sinuses and treating sinusitis. It is used in combination with other products for malaria.
In traditional medicine, Long Dan Cao/Gentian has been used orally for diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, and vomiting.
Foods and Beverages, Long Dan Cao/Gentian is used as an ingredient.
In manufacturing, Long Dan Cao/Gentian is used in cosmetics.

1.Gentian root:the root of Gentiana Lutea,a Pure-Yin herb purging intense heat,its botanical introduction,records in ancient classics,therapeutics and pharmacology.

Therapeutics and Pharmacology of Gentian root.

Gentiana Lutea Chinese Gentian Gentian Herb Gentiana is a much-used gastric stimulant, specifically indicated in dyspepsia with anorexia, but useful to digestive atony of any sort. It may be used in the treatment of insufficient gastric secretions, intestinal and gastric inflammations, hepatic and gallbladder disease, and is a useful adjunct to fever management and in conditions of chronic inflammatory disease where digestion appears to be less than ideal. Its action begins as soon as it is absorbed by the mucous membrane of the mouth.

The secoiridoid bitter principles, particularly amarogentin, stimulate gustatory receptors in the taste buds, causing a reflex increase in the secretion of saliva, gastric juice and bile, thereby stimulating the appetite.

Amarogentin is one of the most bitter substances known. It also accelerates emptying of the stomach and improves gastric tone, so that heavy food is more easily digested. Gentiana contains no tannin, so there is no astringent or irritant effect. One of its alkaloids, gentianine, has been shown to be anti-inflammatory. The fresh leaves placed on wounds and inflammations act as a refrigerant; and they also make soothing footbaths.

Action of bitter principles-There are 4 main taste receptors on the tongue -sweet, sour, salt, and bitter. It has been shown that the bitter principles in gentian stimulate the bitter taste receptors on the tongue, causing an increase in the production of saliva and gastric secretions. This in turn stimulates the appetite and improves the action of the digestive system in general.

Digestive stimulant-By stimulating the action of the stomach, many symptoms associated with a weak digestion such as gas, indigestion, and poor appetite are relieved. Stomach and other secretions are improved, which in turn helps to increase the absorption of nutrients. The herb also acts as a stimulant on the gallbladder and liver; encouraging them to function more efficiently. Gentian is therefore useful in almost any condition where the digestive system needs to be toned up. Gentian is often taken as a digestive tonic in old age.

Nutrient absorption-By improving digestive function, gentian increases the absorption of nutrients across the gut wall. It aids the absorption of a wide range of nutrients, including iron and vitamin B12, and is therefore useful for iron-deficiency anemia (usually resulting from blood loss). Gentian is often added to prescriptions for women with heavy menstrual bleeding.

Suggestion and Administration of Gentian Herb.

Daily dosage:Decoction 3-6g or pill can be orally taken.Tincture:1-3 g; Fluidextract:2-4 g; Root:2-4 g.Mode of Administration:Comminuted drug and dried extracts for infusions, bitter-tasting forms of medications for oral administration.

Tincture-1:5 in 45% alcohol.Dose:Take 2-5 drops with water before meals.

Lowest dose read anywhere.

As a simple bitter,Gentian is considered more palatable combined with an aromatic, and for this purpose orange peel is frequently used. A tincture made with 2 OZ. of the root, 1 OZ. of dried orange peel, and 1/2 oz. bruised cardamom seeds in a quart of brandy is an excellent stomachache tonic, and is efficacious in restoring appetite and promoting digestion. A favorite form in which Gentian has been administered in country remedies is as an ingredient in the so-called Stockton bitters, in which Gentian and the root of Sweet Flag play the principal part.
The dose of the fluid extract is 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful in water,three times daily.

Preparations and Dosages:Fluid extract,? to 1 drachm. Compound infusion, B.P. 0.5 to 1 oz. Compound tincture, B.P. and U.S.P.,0.5 to 1 drachm. Solid extract, B.P., 2 to 8 grains.

OK what is a DRAM-1 Dram is 0.25 TBS. The old materia medicas, it is where we got much of what we have today.

Gentian is best consumed in the form of a decoction (boiling 1 teaspoonful of powdered root in a covered container of about 2 pints of water for about 20 minutes).Tea is prepared by pouring boiling water over 1/2 teaspoon of the drug(1 to 2 g)and allowing it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.The tea may be sweetened with honey to alleviate the bitter taste. Decoctions are made using 1 g of the drug to 1 cup boiled water.

Root-G.Lutea:Fresh Gentian root is largely used in Germany and Switzerland for the production of an alcoholic beverage. The roots are cut, macerated with water, fermented and distilled; the distillate contains alcohol and a trace of volatile oil, which imparts to it a characteristic odour and taste.

Gentiana Lutea Chinese Gentian Gentian HerbDecoction:use 10 g herb to 500 ml water and decoct for 20 minutes. Take before meals for fullness and stomach pains.

Tincture:take up to 2 ml three times a day as a digestive stimulant, or in drop doses to allay cravings for sweet foods. Prescribed for liver disease,including hepatitis, gall bladder inflammations, and where jaundice is a symptom.

Administration Forms:The Gentian Herb normally available in forms including decoction,extract,powdered dried rhizome,tea,tincture,Gentian appears in many herbal blends.

Dosages Suggested from CCHM:The Chinese herbal classics Quan Guo Zhong Cao Yao Hui Bian(Collection of Chinese Herbal Medicines) noted the herb Gentian nature and taste bitter cold,enter into the liver and gallbladder meridians,functions clear heat and dry dampness,Purging the liver and gallbladder fire,mainly indicated for problems including jaundice with damp-heat pathogen,swelling of vulva(genital swelling) and pruritus vulvae(pudendal itch),morbid leukorrhea(gynaecological diseases,vaginal discharge,bysubzonal,Leukorrhea),persistent erection,Eczema itching,hot eyes(bloodshot eyes,red eyes,redness of the eyes),epicophosis(deafness,deaf,hearing loss),hypochondriac pain,bitter taste(bitterness in the mouth),convulsion.And suggested dosage 3~6grams,store at a dry place.(2)Ancient famous herbalist of Ming Dynasty 贾所学(Jia SuoXue) noted in his classics 《药品化义》(Yao Pin Hua Yi) about the channel tropism of Gentian Herb "......入肝胆胃三经......"5

Dosages Suggested from APA Guide:The APA Guide suggested "Dosage Commonly Reported:A decoction is made using 1 teaspoon powdered dried rhizome and root for every 3 cups of water;1 tablespoon is drunk about thirty minutes before meals.The tincture is taken in dosages of 20 to 40 drops in water before meals.The extract is taken in dosages of 0.5 to 0.4 grams per day."3

Dosages Suggested from PDR 4th:The PDR 4th suggested "Daily Dosage:the average single dose is 1 g of the drug;daily dose is 2 to 4g.The average daily dose of tincture is 1 to 4 mL 3 times daily.Liquid extract:2 to 4 g;root:2 to 4 g.A one-cup dose of cold or lukewarm tea is taken several times a day,including 1/2 hour before meals.Homeopathic Dosage:5 drops,1 tablet,or 10 globules every 30 to 60 minutes(acute) or 1 to 3 times daily(chronic);parenterally:1 to 2 mL sc acute,3 times daily;chronic:once a day.Storage:the drug must be stored away from light sources."The PDR 4th suggested the herb approved use for "Dyspeptic complaints,Loss of appetite,Flatulence,the drug is used as a tonic and in teas to stimulate bile secretion and alleviate loss of appetite,fullness,and flatulence.Homeopathic uses:yellow gentian is used in homeopathy for digestive disorders."4

Safety of Gentian Herb:In general,as proposed via the APA Guide:"Will it harm you?what the studies say:No reports of serious adverse reactions to gentian have been handed down through centuries of use.In terms of scientific analysis,however,relatively little is known about the herb.Practical experience indicates that not everyone tolerates it well.For example,although gentian is normally taken to dispel stomach upset and ease digestion,in some cases it actually irritates the stomach lining and can cause nausea and vomiting.It may also trigger a headache in predisposed individuals.Researchers have observed mutagenic(mutation-prompting) activity in classic animal experiments,although what this means--if anything--for humans who ingest gentian is still unclear.German health authorities warn against taking gentian if you suffer from stomach or doudenal ulcers.Another source indicates that pregnant women and people with very high blood pressure should avoid gentian."

Contraindication:Spleen and stomach deficiencies.The PDR 4th suggested"The drug's stimulation of gastric juice secretion rules out its administration in the presence of stomach or doudenal ulcers."4

Acute toxicity:Gentianine
LD50.Lethal dose,50 percent kill.Rodent-mice.Endogastric perfusion.460mg/kg
LD50.Lethal dose,50 percent kill.Rodent-mice.Abdominal injection.350mg/kg
LD50.Lethal dose,50 percent kill.Rodent-mice.Subcutaneous injection.>500mg/kg
LD50.Lethal dose,50 percent kill.Rodent-mice.IV injection.250~300mg/kg

Acute toxicity:Gentianidine

NOE quoted PDR? Big Pharma anyone, vendor, shill, but seems good information. a monograph of Gentian.

A powerful tonic, improves the appetite, strengthens digestion, gives more force to the circulation, and slightly elevates the heat of the body.'

'When taken in large doses it is apt to oppress the stomach, irritate the bowels, and even produces nausea and vomiting, as well as fullness of pulse and headache. Its administration is contraindicated where gastric irritability or inflammation are present.'

'Used in cases of debility and exhaustion, and in all cases where a tonic is required, as dyspepsia, gout, amenorrhoea, hysteria, scrofula, intermittents, diarrhoea, worms, etc.'

'A tincture made by percolation of 1 part of podophyllum and 5 parts of gentian, diluted alcohol being the menstruum, was prized by Prof. Scudder as one of the most efficient remedies for 'atony of the stomach and bowels with feeble or slow digestion' (Spec. Med.).'

'Gentian is valuable to relieve irritation and increase the appetite, after protracted fevers, where the powers of life are depressed and recovery depends upon ability to assimilate food.'

'Dose of the powder, from 10 to 30 grains; of the extract, from 1 to 10 grains; of infusion, 1 or 2 fluid ounces; of tincture, 1 or 2 fluid drachms; of specific gentiana, 5 to 40 drops.'

King's 1898 Dispensatory

This is a popular stomachic tonic in cases where enfeeblement has occurred as the result of protracted disease. It has long been given in combination with other tonics or in wine, as an agent in the dyspepsia of the aged, or of gouty patients, and in the gastric inefficiency of infants and children, and to a good advantage in catarrhal diarrhoea.'

'As a tonic to the stomach, and the other organs of digestion and appropriation, in those cases where the system is greatly debilitated by protracted disease, it is one of the best remedies, especially by exhausting fevers of malarial origin. It is of much value in malarial conditions generally and has been used to a great extent instead of quinine.'

'When the periodicity has been overcome by quinine this is a rapid restorative to the system.'

'The tincture of gentian is given freely in conjunction with other tonics and with alteratives. It is given with the tincture of iron in the treatment of anemia complicating malarial disease. It is given in conjunction with the iodide of potassium( Not now days old eclectic information, and his honest opion of 1000 herbalsit? where a tonic and alterative is demanded, and given alternately with hydrocyanic or hydrochloric acid,( Now Days No Way) it is sometimes of great value in the vomiting of pregnancy.'

'This agent is perhaps the most valuable of this class. It can be depended upon as a bitter tonic and constant use will establish a confidence in it.'

American Materia Medica, 1919 (Ellingwood)