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Acanthopanax henryi: Review of Botany, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology

National Engineering Research Center for Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine-Hakka Medical Resources Branch, School of Pharmacy, Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou 341000, China
School of Pharmacy, Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, Changsha 410208, China
College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018, China
School of Pharmacy, KyungHee University, Seoul 130-701, Korea
Department of Global Innovative Drugs, The Graduate School of Chung-Ang University, Seoul 156-756, Korea
College of Pharmacy, Wonkwang University, Iksan 54538, Korea
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Academic Editors: Luigi Menghini and Ryszard Amarowicz
Molecules 2021, 26(8), 2215;
Received: 6 March 2021 / Revised: 7 April 2021 / Accepted: 8 April 2021 / Published: 12 April 2021
Acanthopanax henryi (Oliv.) Harms (Araliaceae), also known as Eleutherococcus henryi and Caoyewujia (Hengliwujia) in Chinese, is a widely used traditional Chinese herb with the effects of expelling wind and removing dampness, relaxing the muscles and stimulating the blood circulation, and regulating the flow of qi to alleviate pain in the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acanthopanax henryi (AH, thereafter) possesses ginseng-like activities and is known as ginseng-like herb. In the past decade, a great number of phytochemical and pharmacological studies on AH have been carried out. Several kinds of chemical compositions have been reported, including terpenoids (monoterpenoids, diterpenoids, and triterpenoid saponins), phenylpropanoids, caffeoyl quinic acid derivatives, flavonoids, lignans, sterols, fatty acids, etc., among which, triterpenoid saponins were considered to be the most active components. Considerable pharmacological experiments in vitro have demonstrated that AH possessed anti-neuroinflammatory, anti-adipogenic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-cancer, anti-oxidation, anti-AChE, anti-BuChE, and antihyaluronidase activities. The present review is an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of the botany, phytochemistry, and pharmacology of AH. View Full-Text
Keywords: Acanthopanax henryi; Eleutherococcus henryi; botany; phytochemistry; pharmacology; biological activities Acanthopanax henryi; Eleutherococcus henryi; botany; phytochemistry; pharmacology; biological activities
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Li, X.-J.; Tang, S.-Q.; Huang, H.; Luo, J.; Zhang, X.-D.; Yook, C.-S.; Whang, W.-K.; Kim, Y.-C.; Liu, X.-Q. Acanthopanax henryi: Review of Botany, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology. Molecules 2021, 26, 2215.

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Li X-J, Tang S-Q, Huang H, Luo J, Zhang X-D, Yook C-S, Whang W-K, Kim Y-C, Liu X-Q. Acanthopanax henryi: Review of Botany, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology. Molecules. 2021; 26(8):2215.

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Li, Xiao-Jun, Si-Qi Tang, Hao Huang, Jiao Luo, Xiao-Dan Zhang, Chang-Soo Yook, Wan-Kyunn Whang, Youn-Chul Kim, and Xiang-Qian Liu. 2021. "Acanthopanax henryi: Review of Botany, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology" Molecules 26, no. 8: 2215.

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