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Most Common Name: Anthraquinones
Also Known As (other names): 

Anthraquinones: Occurring mostly as glycosides anthraquinones are brown to yellow pigments traditionally used as fabric dyes.

In experiments it was concluded that Anthraquinones pass through the digestive tract unaltered until they get to the colon where they are converted to Dianthones which are then turned into anthrone which has a laxative effect increasing peristaltic action and inhibiting the absorption of water by the colon.

Anthraquinones are pale yellow thin prisms that are insoluble in water and has caused tumours in rats that have ingested it.

Anthraquinone can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and allergic reactions if applied to the skin.


Anthraquinones constituent is present in:

Medicinally Significant volume

Minor volume
Anthraquinones is present in small quantities which may not be enough to be a significant dosage for medicinal purposes or Anthraquinones is not the major constituent of this plant/herb


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