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Rhein: A Review of Pharmacological Activities

Zhou, Y-X and Xia, W and Yue, W and Peng, C and Rahman, K and Zhang, H (2015) Rhein: A Review of Pharmacological Activities. EVIDENCE-BASED COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, 2015. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1741-427X

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Abstract

Rhein (4, 5-dihydroxyanthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid) is a lipophilic anthraquinone extensively found in medicinal herbs, such as Rheum palmatum L., Cassia tora L., Polygonum multiflorum Thunb., and Aloe barbadensis Miller, which have been used medicinally inChina formore than 1,000 years. Its biological activities related to human health are being explored actively. Emerging evidence suggests that rhein has many pharmacological effects, including hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, and antimicrobial activities. The present review provides a comprehensive summary and analysis of the pharmacological properties of rhein, supporting the potential uses of rhein as a medicinal agent.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1104 Complementary And Alternative Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: HINDAWI PUBLISHING CORPORATION
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2015 10:56
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2015 10:56
DOI or Identification number: 10.1155/2015/578107
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2171

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