Pharmacopsychiatry 1997; 30: 129-134
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-979533
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Biologically Active and Other Chemical Constituents of the Herb of Hypericum perforatum L.

A. Nahrstedt, V. Butterweck
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry of the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster, Germany
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Publication Date:
20 April 2007 (online)

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.