Some common uses centaury has is to aid digestion, liver and gallbladder health, be an appetite stimulant, purify the blood, mild laxative and be a bitter tonic to aid digestive function.
If taken as a herbal tea infusion half an hour before meals, Centaury may help with heartburn, gas pains in the intestines and stomach, bloating, constipation and colic.
Its bitter action stimulates the entire digestive reflex allowing for optimal absorption and uptake of nutrients.
Centaury may also stimulate bile production. This may help the liver flush away toxins with more speed and ease. Increased bile production will also help the liver process fats and boost energy.
Traditionally it was used to reduce fever. So this is where its common name Feverwort originates.