The centaury belongs to the gentian plants and contains bitter principles amarogentin and Gentiopikrin, so it belongs to the stomach relevant bitter plants that aid digestion.
Two legends are known to its botanical name, on the one hand it is claimed that it derives from the 'centum' of the Latin word (hundred) and 'aurum' (gold), on the other hand it may also derive of the Greek centaurs, particularly from the healer Cheiron, who supposedly had been healing wounds on his horse's legs with centaury. The additional designation erythros is the Greek word for red and probably refers to the intensely pink flower color, where one also assumes that it is an indication of the effect being soothing of inflammatory skin rashes.
A legend entwines also to the German name of the plant: Once to a rich man, who suffered from recurrent bouts of fever offered one thousand florins to that person which could bring him a herb against his illness. They brought him a plant that actually healed his fever and henceforth called the herb 'Tausendguldenkraut' (thousand -florins-herb).
As an all healing and universal means also Sebastian Kneipp appreciate the centaury and thought it might be a valuable than it pretends to be with its name, for he wrote:
?The name is a large sum, the herb will aid to everyone without charge?.
Centaury is used primarily:
- as an immune-strengthening Bitter herb that promotes gastric juice production and thus acts gently in case of weak digestion and loss of appetite (do not use in stomach with too much acid or gastric ulcers)
- in nervous stomaches
- to reduce feverin all virus infections, influenza virus, coxsackie virus with fever (it is also referred to as Feverfew)
- to support liver and kidney
- to strengthen towards exhaustion and after illness, supports convalescence
for healing and disinfection of skin irritation, as well as for poorly healing wounds and eczema (as cover).
The versatility of its mode of action helped that the centaury
was nominated in Germany as medicinal plant of the year 2004.
For internal use
- in the horse 10 to 25 g
- in the dog from 0.5 to 2 g
- in cats from 0.2 to 1 g
(after Gachnian and Assenov 1986, 1990)
For external use
As infusion (1:10) 10 g centaury is boiled with water 100 ml and used as a cooled liquid for a soaked centaury tea envelope
Contraindications: Do not use whith over acid stomach or peptic ulcers
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