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Abstract Title:

The Health Benefits of Emodin, a Natural Anthraquinone Derived from Rhubarb-A Summary Update.

Abstract Source:

Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Sep 1 ;22(17). Epub 2021 Sep 1. PMID: 34502424

Abstract Author(s):

Monika Stompor-Gorący

Article Affiliation:

Monika Stompor-Gorący


Emodin (6-methyl-1,3,8-trihydroxyanthraquinone) is a naturally occurring anthraquinone derivative found in roots and leaves of various plants, fungi and lichens. For a long time it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as an active ingredient in herbs. Among other sources, it is isolated from the rhubarbor tuber fleece-flower. Emodin has a wide range of biological activities, including diuretic, antibacterial, antiulcer, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antinociceptive. According to the most recent studies, emodin acts as an antimalarial and antiallergic agent, and can also reverse resistance to chemotherapy. In the present work the potential therapeutic role of emodin in treatment of inflammatory diseases, cancers and microbial infections is analysed.

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