Rehmannia glutinosa: review of botany, chemistry and pharmacology

J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 May 8;117(2):199-214. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2008.02.018. Epub 2008 Mar 10.


Rehmannia glutinosa, a widely used traditional Chinese herb, belongs to the family of Scrophulariaceae, and is taken to nourish Yin and invigorate the kidney in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and has a very high medicinal value. In recent decades, a great number of chemical and pharmacological studies have been done on Rehmannia glutinosa. More than 70 compounds including iridoids, saccharides, amino acid, inorganic ions, as well as other trace elements have been found in the herb. Studies show that Rehmannia glutinosa and its active principles possess wide pharmacological actions on the blood system, immune system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system and the nervous system. Currently, the effective monomeric compounds or active parts have been screened for the pharmacological activity of Rehmannia glutinosa and the highest quality scientific data is delivered to support the further application and exploitation for new drug development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Botany
  • Ethnobotany
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Rehmannia / chemistry
  • Rehmannia / physiology*