Metformin: its botanical background
Article first published online: 25 MAY 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Practical Diabetes International
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 115–117, April 2004
How to Cite
Bailey, C. and Day, C. (2004), Metformin: its botanical background. Pract Diab Int, 21: 115–117. doi: 10.1002/pdi.606
- Issue published online: 25 MAY 2004
- Article first published online: 25 MAY 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Received: 10 FEB 2004
- Galega officinalis;
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, a substance with blood glucose-lowering activity that formed the chemical basis of metformin. This insulin sensitising drug was introduced in 1957. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.