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Spanish: Centaur Minor.

English: Centaury.

French: Petite centaurea.

From the family of Gencianáceas.

It stimulates the movements of the stomach and intestine. Combat gases and putrefaction. Something laxative. Hypoglycemic (lowers the blood glucose levels)

Used Part.

Flowering tops.

Active Principles.

Heterósidos bitter (secoiridoides) centapicrina, swerciamarina, eswerósido, genciopicrósido, centaurs. Trace amounts of flavonoids, phenol carboxylic acids. Traces of alkaloids: gencianina, magnesium and potassium salts, tannins.

Drug Action.

Appetizer, for its bitter pure principle (the former called "fel terrae, " gall of the earth) eupéptico, stimulating the secretion of digestive, pancreatic and liver and gall bladder, Carmine, diuretic, hypoglycemic, antiseptic, antipyretic and antitussive. As almost all cigars are considered bitter stimulant of natural defenses. At the external level is anti - inflammatory and vulnerary (healing, antiseptic)


Inappetence, dyspepsia hiposecretoras, meteorism, hepatobiliary dyskinesia. Flu, colds. Diabetes, rheumatism, gout, hipercolesteremia. In external use: blefaroconjuntivitis, cleaning and disinfection of skin wounds and ulcers.


Pregnancy (alkaloids) nursing (alkaloids, bitter principles)

Dyspepsia hipersecretoras, gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcus (tannins, bitter principles)

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Caution / Poisoning.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:

Infusion: 30 g / l, infuse 10 minutes. Three cups a day, half an hour before meals, sweetened with honey.

To alleviate the irritating effect on the gastric mucosa, can be associated with drug demulcent, as the root of marshmallow) His intense amaritud can mask in hand when combined with bitter orange rind.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 15 - 30 drops before meals.

Tincture (1: 10) 30 - 50 drops before each meal.

Dust: 1 - 2 g / day, 250 - 500 mg capsules before meals.

External use:

Infusion: 30 to 50 g / l, infuse 10 minutes. Apply in the form of eye drops and eye washes (isotonizar)

Decoction: 60 to 100 g / l, boil 10 minutes. Apply in the form of washes or towels on the wounds or skin ulcers, also popularly used in friction capillaries, to combat hair loss.


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