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Centaury is an herb. People dry the parts that grow above the ground and use them as medicine.

Centaury is used for kidney damage in people with diabetes (diabetic nephropathy), loss of appetite (anorexia), and indigestion (dyspepsia), but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In food and beverages, centaury is used as a flavoring.

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Centaury contains chemicals that might reduce inflammation.

When taken by mouth: Centaury is LIKELY SAFE when used in food amounts. There isn't enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use in medicinal amounts.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Centaury is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. There isn't enough reliable information to know if centaury is safe to use in medicinal amounts when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.

There are no known interactions with medications. Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

There are no known interactions with foods.

The appropriate dose of centaury depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for centaury. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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