Chemical Composition - Drugs Containing Resins

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Chapter: Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry : Drugs Containing Resins

The chemical composition of the resin is generally quite complex and diverse in its nature. It can be a complex mixture of acids, alcohols, phenols, esters, glycosides, or hydrocarbons.


CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

 

 

The chemical composition of the resin is generally quite complex and diverse in its nature. It can be a complex mixture of acids, alcohols, phenols, esters, glycosides, or hydrocarbons. When the resins are associated with volatile oils, contains the components like monoterpenoids, sesquiterpenonoids, and diterpenoids. The gums which are associated with resins are similar to acacia gum which sometimes possesses smaller quantities of oxidase enzymes. Resins can be of the physiological origin such as the secretions of the ducts. They can also be pathological products which are exuded through the incisions made on the plant.

 

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