The traditional Chinese medicine, Salvia miltiorrhiza (Danshen), promotes blood circulation and relieves blood stasis, also demonstrating good antioxidant activity. In the present study, therefore, the antioxidant activities of medicinal plant materials prepared using nanotechnology or traditional grinding methods were compared using three biological assays. It was found that the nanotechnology preparation had stronger antioxidant bioactivities. Complementary quantitative analysis of four active constituents, salvianolic acid B, cryptotanshinone, tanshinone I and tanshinone IIA, by HPLC revealed only marked differences for salvianolic acid B. The results indicate that the polar active constituent in the nanotechnology samples was released faster compared to the traditionally powdered samples.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine
- Pharmaceutical Science
- Drug Discovery
- Complementary and alternative medicine