Centaury herb (Centaurii herba)

Published July 6, 1988; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Centaurii herba, centaury herb.

Composition of Drug

Centaury consists of the dried, above-ground parts of Centaurium minus Moench (syn. C. umbellatum Gilbert; Erythraea centaurium (L.) Persoon) [Fam. Gentianaceae], as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

The drug has a bitter value of minimum 2000.


Loss of appetite, peptic discomfort.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

6 g of drug; equivalent preparations. Extract (according to Erg. B. 6):
Daily dosage:

1 - 2 g. Mode of Administration Ground herb for teas and other bitter-tasting preparations for internal use.


Increase in gastric juice secretion.