Ligustrum lucidum and its constituents : A mini-review on the anti-osteoporosis potential

Chun Tao Che, Man Sau Wong

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Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disorder commonly occurred in aging populations, particularly postmenopausal women and patients who undergo long-term steroid or anti-estrogen therapies. Given the rapid growth of the aging population, the prevalence of bone loss, and the huge medical and healthcare cost involved, demand for alternative approaches for the promotion of bone health is pressing. With the advent of global interest in complementary and alternative medicine and natural products, Chinese medicine serves as a viable source that offers benefits to improve and maintain bone health. This review summarizes the scientific information on the Chinese medicinal herb Ligustrum lucidum and its chemical components as potential therapy for osteoporosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2189-2194
Number of pages6
JournalNatural Product Communications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Anti-osteoporotic activity
  • Bone health
  • Ligustri Lucidi Fructus
  • Ligustrum lucidum
  • Nu-Zhen-Zi
  • Osteoporosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Plant Science
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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