Traditional Research | Bitters Compound

Dandelion fresh root (Taraxacum officinalis)*

An excellent bitter tonic that stimulates hydrochloric acid, bile, liver, pancreatic and small intestine enzymes.  It is indicated for chronic constipation due to poor digestionóclay colored stools, poor fat metabolism and sluggish liver function. A rich source of inulin and a fructoligerosaccharide (FOS), Dandelion root stimulates the growth of healthy bowel flora.

Artichoke fresh and dried leaf (Cynara scolymus)*

A strong bitter that stimulates digestion, absorption and elimination.  It stimulates hydrochloric acid, bile, liver, pancreatic and small intestine enzymes and has anti-hepatotoxin activity.  Artichoke is indicated for sluggish liver, poor fat metabolism, biliousness and hypoglycemia

Angelica root (Angelica archangelica)*

A time-tested warming bitter useful for deficient hydrochloric acid, gas, nausea and colic.  It also acts as a stimulating diaphoretic, anti-spasmodic and expectorant effective for colds, flu, bronchial catarrh, intestinal viruses, menstrual cramps, rheumatic pain and cold extremities.

Gentian root Gentiana lutea)*

A profound digestive bitter excellent for stimulating digestion, absorption and elimination.  It is indicated for atony of the stomach, large and small intestines, dysbiosis and intense cravings for sweets especially with fatigue (hypoglycemia).

Peppermint fresh herb (Mentha piperita)*

A time-tested carminative used for millenia for nausea, gas, stomach and intestinal colic and as a pleasant flavoring agent.

Orange Peel (Citrus spp.)*

A superb digestive stimulant and carminative little used in the U.S. It stimulates hydrochloric acid production, making it an effective remedy for hypochlorhydria. Orange peel also reduces gas, nausea and borborygamus.


Capasso, F. and Mascolo, N.  Natural Drugs and the Digestive Tract, 1992

Hobbs, C.  Foundations of Health ó the Liver and Digestive Herbal, 1992

Lloyd, J.U. and Felter, H. W.  King's American Dispensatory, 1905

Weiss, R.  Herbal Medicine, 1985

Wren, R. C.  Potter's New Cyclopedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations, 1985

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.