Green Extracts from Chinese Medicinal Plants as Bio-source of Drugs

  • Xinguang Qin
  • Wanrong Li
  • Yi He
  • Zhenzhou Zhu
  • Gang LiuEmail author
  • Jie Cai
  • Shuyi Li
  • Qi Wang
Part of the Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology book series (GCST)


Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which is an important part of Chinese culture, presents several challenges in terms of preparation, such as high extraction temperature, long extraction time, and large amounts of impurities. In recent years, TCM-related engineering has made great progress in many new extraction technologies for Chinese herbs, thereby improving yield and purity of effective components. This chapter describes the extraction assisted by supercritical and subcritical fluids, pulsed electric field, and ultrasonic intensification techniques, especially for the application of Ultrasound-enhanced supercritical CO2 and subcritical water extraction. These highly efficient approaches have facilitated the development of environmentally friendly technologies and provided remarkable social, economic, and environmental benefits to human beings.


Extraction Chinese medicinal plants Supercritical Subcritical Ultrasonic intensification techniques Pulsed electric field 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xinguang Qin
    • 1
  • Wanrong Li
    • 1
  • Yi He
    • 1
  • Zhenzhou Zhu
    • 1
  • Gang Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jie Cai
    • 1
  • Shuyi Li
    • 1
  • Qi Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Food Science and EngineeringWuhan Polytechnic UniversityWuhanChina

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