Chinese Bitters (Liver Flush)

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Chinese Bitters (Liver Flush)

Chinese Bitters

The liver performs many important functions, including the detoxification, filtering and regulation. It also stores blood, helps to metabolize food, and regulates hormones. This Chinese Bitters tincture helps to strengthen the liver so that it can perform better.
The primary ingredients of Chinese Bitters are:
  • Chinese Gentian, also known as Long Dan Cao, Gentianae Radix, or Bitterwort. In Chinese medicine, Gentian is used to decongest the liver and gallbladder.
  • Scutellaria (also known as Huang Qin, Baikal Skullcap, or Scutellaria Baicalensis). In traditional Chinese medicine, Huang Qin is believed to clear heat, particularly in the abdomen.
  • Atractylodes (also known as Bai Zhu or Atractylodis Radix). In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed to nourish and strengthen the stomach and spleen.
  • Bupleurum
  • Ethyl alcohol and distilled water (to form a tincture).

Precautions

Because Chinese Gentian may stimulate flow of certain digestive juices, Chinese Bitters is not recommended for people who have stomach ulcers. Also, while Chinese Bitters is not as powerful as a drug or medication, it can still have a strong effect, so it is not recommended to take it for prolonged periods of time. We recommend that you take at least a 1 week break once a month, and that you not take it if you are pregnant or lactating. If you experience a headache, you may be sensitive to some of the herbs contained in Chinese Bitters, or you may be experiencing a “detoxification” reaction. If that happens, you should try taking a much smaller amount next time (like 1/8 teaspoon). Over time, it is possible that you may be able to increase the amount without experiencing that reaction.