Tanshinone IIA

  • Yu-Cai Chen
  • Lian-Hua Fang
  • Guan-Hua DuEmail author


Tanshinone IIA is extracted from the roots of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge., which exhibits a variety of pharmacological effects, such as promoting blood circulation and opening the energy channels. In the long history of morphine R&D, the efficacy of tanshinone IIA is mainly concentrated in interfering with the pathological process of cardiovascular diseases. It can reduce intracellular calcium concentration, attenuate the damages from the reactive oxygen species to vascular endothelial cells, and lower the risk of atherosclerosis. For better water solubility, the sodium sulfonate group is introduced for clinical application. The research on tanshinone IIA continues. Current researches show that tanshinone may play a positive role in the treatment of a variety of diseases and has good clinical application prospects.


Tanshinone IIA Cardiovascular disease Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing Key Laboratory of Drug Targets Identification and Drug Screening, Centre for Pharmaceutical Screening, Institute of Materia MedicaChinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina

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