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Pharmacopsychiatry. 1997 Sep;30 Suppl 2:129-34.

Biologically active and other chemical constituents of the herb of Hypericum perforatum L.

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  • 1Department of Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry, Westphalian Wilhelms University of M√ľnster, Germany.


Phenylpropanes, flavonol derivatives, biflavones, proanthocyanidins, xanthones, phloroglucinols, some amino acids, naphthodianthrones and essential oil constituents are the natural plant products known from the crude drug of Hypericum perforatum, Hyperici herba. These compounds are discussed with respect to structural features, their concentration, biological activities and their possible contribution to the clinically demonstrated antidepressant efficacy of extracts obtained from Hyperici herba.

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