Metformin: its botanical background

C.J. Bailey*, C. Day

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Abstract

This article traces the roots of the antihyperglycaemic biguanide metformin from the use of Galega officinalis (goat's rue or French lilac) as a herbal treatment for the symptoms of diabetes. G. officinalis was found to be rich in guanidine, as a substance with blood glucose-lowering activity that formed the chemical basis of metformin. This insulin sensitising drug was introduced in 1957. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-117
Number of pages3
JournalPractical Diabetes International
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2004

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Galega
Metformin
Biguanides
Guanidine
Hypoglycemic Agents
Blood Glucose
Insulin
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • antidiabetic
  • Galega officinalis
  • metformin

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Bailey, C.J. ; Day, C. / Metformin : its botanical background. In: Practical Diabetes International. 2004 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 115-117.
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In: Practical Diabetes International, Vol. 21, No. 3, 01.04.2004, p. 115-117.

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