Yam extract Diosgenin is extracted from the root of yam (Dioscorea opposita), which is rich in
Dioscin. Dioscin is insoluble in water, petroleum ether, benzene, soluble in methanol, ethanol, acetic acid, slightly soluble in acetone, pentanol.
Yam extract Diosgenin is an important basic raw material for the production of steroid hormone drugs. Steroid hormones have strong anti-infective, anti-allergic, anti-viral and anti-shock pharmacological effects, and are important drugs for the treatment of rheumatism, cardiovascular, lymphatic leukemia, cellular encephalitis, skin diseases, anti-tumor and rescue of critically ill patients
The raw materia is yam, a kind of nourishing food that is beneficial to aid digestion. As one kind of traditional Chinese medicine, it is used as food and drug. It is planted in many provinces in China such as Shaanxi, Shanxi , Hebei and other provinces.
Function and Application:
Yam extract diosgenin is an important steroidal saponin and an important raw material for semi-synthetic steroids. The diosgenin is subjected to ring opening, oxidation, hydrolysis and elimination reactions to obtain pregnenolone. After oximation, rearrangement and hydrolysis, dehydroepiandrosterone can be obtained. These intermediates have important value in drug production.