Study on the Chemical Components of the Ethyl Acetate Extract from Herpetospermum Caudigerum

Yu-Xuan Dai, MS, Wei-Jie Wu, MS, Rui Tan, PhD


Herpetospermum seed, a common folk medicine used by Tibetan medication, is the dried ripe seed of Herpetospermum Caudigerum Wall., It is bitter in taste and cold in nature. In Tibet it is popularly known and used in traditional medicine for the treatment of liver diseases, cholic diseases, and dyspepsia.1,2 Six compounds, named Herpetin(1), Eicosanoic acid, 2-propenyl ester(2), Cucurbitacin R(3), Cucurbitacin L(4), 3'-Hydroxydaidzein(5), Oleanic acid(6), have been isolated from the ethyl acetate extract of the seeds of Herpetospermum Caudigerum Wall., among these compounds, compound 2, 3, 4, 5 were isolated from this plant for the first time. 

[N A J Med Sci. 2017;10(4):136-138.   DOI:  10.7156/najms.2017.1004136]

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