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Herbal bitter substances for a healthy appetite and good digestion

Bitter substances: Appetite stimulator or more likely appetite killer?

Bitter substances have long had a secure role in naturopathy as a treatment for appetite loss. Disease we have just recovered from, anemia, alcohol abuse and digestive disorders can be to blame for us having appetite loss. Elderly people also often complain about loss of appetite. Here bitter substances are the remedy of choice. They stimulate digestive juice production. For this, they should be taken before meals. Especially cinchona bark, cinnamon bark, gentian root and bitter orange peel, the constituents of Amara-Pascoe®, are used.

A television program by the health magazine VISITE reported that bitter substances - such as those in Amara-Pascoe® - are suitable for reducing the craving for sweet foods- a contradiction?

Just a matter of the dose!

While a relatively high dose is required to stimulate the digestive juices (20 drops), as little as the bitter taste in the mouth causes many people to lose their desire for sweet items. It is enough to lick 1-2 drops from the back of your hand.

It is precisely this craving for sweet food between meals, after meals or in the evening which is usually to blame for the unwanted kilos on the hips - not the wholesome main meals which we enjoy heartily and digest healthily.

And another piece of advice: At first you will find the bitter taste unpleasant. That is due to our food now hardly containing healthy bitter substances and we are totally unfamiliar with this bitter taste on the tongue. But you will swiftly adapt to it and perhaps even get to like it after a time.

Take the test!

Herbal bitter substances

  • increase food tolerance
  • promote salivation
  • promote the secretion of gastric juices
  • stimulate the digestion of fat

Take 15 to 20 drops of Amara-Pascoe® neat or trickled onto a little sugar half an hour before meals.

If loss of appetite persists, you should consult a doctor to clarify the cause.


Stomach problems, such as due to inadequate gastric juice production; to stimulate the appetite.

No age limit (after consultation with the doctor), lactose-free

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Gelber Enzian (Gentiana lutea)
Chinarinde (China (Cinchona pubescens))
Pomeranzenschale (Citrus aurantium)
Zimtrinde (Cinnamomum verum)

1 g (= 1.09 ml) contains:

Active substances:
Tincture (1:5) of:
Cinchona bark 0.10 g
Gentian root 0.04 g
Bitter orange peel 0.04 g
Cinnamon bark 0.02 g

(extraction agent: ethanol 70% v/v)
Contains 65 vol. % alcohol.

Herbal gastrointestinal remedy
Tincture. Indications: Stomach problems, such as due to inadequate gastric juice production; to stimulate the appetite. Contains 65 vol. % alcohol. 
For risks and side effects read the package insert and ask your doctor or pharmacist.
PASCOE pharmazeutische Präparate GmbH, D-35383 Giessen,,

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