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Saikosaponins: a review of pharmacological effects. Li Xiao-Qin,Song Ya-Nan,Wang Su-Juan,Rahman Khalid,Zhu Jian-Yong,Zhang Hong Journal of Asian natural products research Over the past decades, a number of phytochemicals have been reported to possess potent pharmacological effects. Saikosaponins represent a group of oleanane derivatives, usually as glucosides, which are commonly found in medicinal plants Bupleurum spp., which have been used as traditional Chinese medicine for more than 1,000 years in China. Emerging evidence suggests that saikosaponins have many pharmacological effects, including sedation, anticonvulsant, antipyretic, antiviral, immunity, anti-inflammation, antitumor properties, protecting liver and kidney and so on. The present review provides a comprehensive summary and analysis of the pharmacological properties of saikosaponins, supporting the potential uses of saikosaponins as a medicinal agent. 10.1080/10286020.2018.1465937