Centaurium erythraea

Centaury is used for loss of appetite (anorexia) and upset stomach (dyspepsia). The use of Centaury is an ancient one dating back centuries to the Greeks and Romans. It is a bitter tonic closely related to gentian and is used for much the same purposes. Centaury was once considered a panacea, and freely given for almost any disorder from sick cows to head lice. The herb is still popular today as a bitter digestive tonic for gas, bloating, and heartburn. Research confirms the plant's potential for treating rheumatism and gout. Centaury contains the alkaloid gentianine which has exhibited strongly anti-inflammatory properties.