A flowering plant, whose root is used in medicine. Its extract is made into tonic pills (compound gentian pills) for indigestion, and its compound tincture is one of the best tonic preparations given for weakness of the stomach. Gentian is a pure and simple bitter stomachic tonic Dose of the compound tincture, a teaspoonful, in a little water. As an appetizer it is best taken just before each meal. If given on account of slowness and discomfort in digesting food, shortly after the meal will be the best time for it.

Compound Gentian Pills, have in each pill one grain of extract of gentian, one grain of rhubarb, one quarter of a grain of blue mass, and a quarter of a drop of oil of cloves.