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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 8968940, 18 pages
Review Article

Research Progress on Chemical Constituents of Lonicerae japonicae flos

1School of Pharmacy, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan 250355, China
2Shiyan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Shiyan 442012, China

Received 20 January 2016; Revised 6 May 2016; Accepted 10 May 2016

Academic Editor: Adair Santos

Copyright © 2016 Lingna Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Lonicerae japonicae flos is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years with confirmed curative effects. Except for medicine, it is also used in healthy food, cosmetics, and soft beverages for its specific activities. Therefore, the chemical constituents, mainly including organic acids, flavonoids, iridoids, triterpenoids, and volatile oils, have been well studied by many scholars in recent years and a comprehensive and systematic review on chemical constituents of Lonicerae japonicae flos is indispensable. This paper aims at reviewing the chemical components of LJF in recent years through searching for the literatures both at home and abroad. Our results show that 212 components have been isolated from Lonicerae japonicae flos, including 27 flavonoids, 40 organic acids, 83 iridoids, 17 triterpenoids, and 45 other compounds, which could lay a foundation for the further application of Lonicerae japonicae flos.