Rhaponticin (RHA) is a stilbene glucoside compound that can be found in medicinal plant of
Rheum L. RHA has been reported to possess several biological effects including antitumor, antithrombotic,
antioxidant, vasorelaxant, defense for gastritis activities. It also shows beneficial activities on diabetic
mice. According to reported literatures, an overview of spectroscopy characteristics, pharmacological
activity, content determination and pharmacokinetics, etc. for RHA has been presented. Moreover,
this work provides a certain reference value for developing the therapeutic drug of RHA.
Keywords: Rhaponticin, stilbene glucoside, anti-diabetic activity, structural characteristics of RHA, anti-oxidation activity,
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