Application of a quantitative (1)H-NMR method for the determination of paeonol in Moutan cortex, Hachimijiogan and Keishibukuryogan.J Nat Med. 2016 Oct; 70(4):797-802.JN
Quantitative (1)H-NMR ((1)H-qNMR) was applied to the determination of paeonol concentration in Moutan cortex, Hachimijiogan, and Keishibukuryogan. Paeonol is a major component of Moutan cortex, and its purity was calculated from the ratio of the intensity of the paeonol H-3' signal at δ 6.41 ppm in methanol-d 4 or 6.40 ppm in methanol-d 4 + TFA-d to that of a hexamethyldisilane (HMD) signal at 0 ppm. The concentration of HMD was corrected with SI traceability by using potassium hydrogen phthalate of certified reference material grade. As a result, the paeonol content in two lots of Moutan cortex as determined by (1)H-qNMR was found to be 1.59 % and 1.62 %, respectively, while the paeonol content in Hachimijiogan and Keishibukuryogan was 0.15 % and 0.22 %, respectively. The present study demonstrated that the (1)H-NMR method is useful for the quantitative analysis of crude drugs and Kampo formulas.