• Wan Li
  • Guan-Hua DuEmail author


Dioscin is extracted from Dioscorea nipponica Thunb. It has therapeutic effects on reducing blood lipids and protecting the liver, as well as antivirus, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor effects. It can be orally used to treat joint pain, arthritis, malaria, and chronic bronchitis. In addition, it is used externally to treat sore carbuncle swollen. Dioscin is an important predecessor for synthesizing steroid hormones. In China, dioscin tablets have already been used to treat hyperlipidemia in the clinical practice. With the ongoing efforts of evaluating the biological activity, dioscin has a great potential to be fully investigated.


Dioscin Blood lipids Steroid hormones 


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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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