Amount per 2 capsules:
Globe Artichoke leaf.............Cynara scolymus 150 mg
Dandelion root....................Taraxacum officinalis 150 mg
Yellow dock root …………………Rumex crispus 150 mg
Gentian root........................Gentiana lutea 100 mg
Ginger root .........................Zingiber officinale 100 mg
Burdock root.......................Arctium lappa 100 mg
Fennel seed.........................Foeniculum vulgare 50 mg
Chamomile flower................Matricaria chamomilla 50 mg
Turmeric root......................Curcuma longa 50 mg
Cardamom seed...................Elettaria cardamomum 15 mg
Protease 50,000 HUT
Amylase 10,000 SKB
Lipase 4,000 FIP
Cellulase 8,000 CU
Lactase 1,000 ALU
Phytase 25 U
Invertase 1500 Sumner
Bromelain 1,745,000 PU
Dose: 1-2 capsules as needed with meals.
Good digestion is considered to be a foundation of good health.
Herbal bitters have a long tradition as a popular and natural approach to digestive problems. Bitters
formulas can promote the digestion of fats and are useful for improving gas, bloating, excessive
burping, heartburn, nausea and occasional constipation. Bitter herb formulas can also be
supportive for liver function and may normalize appetite.
Globe artichoke, gentian, milk thistle, and burdock
are historical classic bitters.
Burdock root has been used traditionally as a supportive liver tonic and natural
laxative. It is also thought to promote liver detoxification caused by alcohol and selected toxins.
Gentian is supportive for digestive disorders such as loss of appetite, bloating and fullness,
flatulence, and heartburn.
Milk thistle has been used in botanical medicine for over 2000 years, especially
to support the liver and gallbladder. Modern research has demonstrated numerous studies of milk
thistle and its hepatoprotective/supportive effects in particular are too numerous to discuss
here. Clinical trials of milk thistle are robust.
Artichoke appears to
promote reduced symptoms of nausea, vomiting, flatulence, occasional constipation and abdominal pain. In a study of 553 individuals
with these varying digestive disorders, symptoms decreased on average by 70.5% after 6 weeks.1
Artichoke also has the ability to promote the flow of bile from the gall bladder and has been
demonstrated in several studies by as much as 90 to 150%.2
Artichoke has been a very important liver
tonic and promotes detoxification, similarly to milk thistle.
Dandelion root has
been used historically like other bitter herbs in supporting an array of
digestive disorders. It was also used by many Native American tribes to
promote digestive health, and used especially in dyspepsia and heartburn. Bitter constituents in
the roots are thought to be responsible for these therapeutic effects. It has been able to promote
increased bile production and flow of bile, promoting a direct effect on the gall bladder by causing it to
contract and release its stored bile.2
Chamomile has been
used as a popular supportive digestive herb for thousands of years, especially in Europe. One of these uses is in digestion with some specific
uses in abdominal bloating/cramping, flatulence (gas), liver tonic, nausea, and
even occasional constipation. While scientific research appears to be lacking in these areas, its
long successful historical use has made it a mainstay of digestive formulas.
Turmeric (curcumin) root has been used in traditional Asian medicines for gastrointestinal health support including liver/gallbladder discomfort, especially those
associated with fatty meals. In a randomized, double-blind trail in 116 individuals with
dyspepsia, 71% of the turmeric treated people had clinical improvement after 7 days.3
Gallbladder contractions can be promoted
by the administration of curcumin.4
Low rates of gall stones have been
observed in Indian populations where turmeric in the diet is high. It is thought that the
turmeric inhibits the formation of cholesterol gallstones. Animal research supports this effect.5
Yellow dock is used as
a mild natural laxative and tonic while also promoting bile production. A comprehensive traditional bitter formula also has selected
herbs added to support the bitters to work better and to promote our system to react well to the
bitters. Aromatic herbs help to mask the harsh bitter flavor and also to warm the digestive tract and
promote the digestive secretions. Our formula contains
cardamom and ginger as aromatic herbs
for this purpose. Not only are aromatic herbs important to work with bitters, but sweet herbs as well,
in order to counteract any aftertaste of the bitter. Fennel
can also serve as a sweet herb.
A select group of
digestive enzymes have been added to
this formulation to enhance the digestion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins and thus result in promoting
optimal digestion, absorption and elimination.
Key Indications: Gas,
bloating, excessive burping, heartburn, nausea, abdominal cramping, constipation, gallbladder function.
Cautions and Contraindications: This formula may lower blood sugar; monitor if
hypoglycemic or being treated for diabetes. Avoid during pregnancy,
Naturopathic Principles: Improving digestion is a multifaceted process
with the following guidelines: exercise with a walk in the morning before eating
and ideally before dinner as well; chew food well, avoid eating late at night or overeating; eat
whole foods and reduce refined foods.
Drink at least 4 glasses of water per day. Increase raw green
leafy salads and particularly increase bitter greens such as kale, mustard greens, collards or endive.
Wild greens could include such as dandelion greens, plantain or yellow dock.
1 Fintelmann V.
Antidyspeptic and lipid-lowering effects of artichoke leaf extract- Results of
clinical studies into the efficacy and tolerance of Hepar SL forte
involving 553 patients. J Gen Med 1996;2:3-19
2 Bohm K. Studies on the choleretic action of some drugs.
3 Thamlikitkul V, Bunyapraphatsara N, Dechatiwongse T, et al.
Randoized double blind study of Curcuma domestica Val. For dyspepsia. J Med Assoc Thai
4 Rasyid A, Lelo A. The effect of curcumin and placebo on human
gallbladder function: an ultrasound study. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 1999;13(2): 245-249.
5 Hussain M, Chandrasekhara N. Effect on curcumin on cholesterol
gallstone induction in mice. Indian J Med Res 1992;96:288-291.