Diabetes mellitus is a common disorder of endocrine and metabolic disorders. Long term hyperglycemia can lead to a variety of serious chronic complications, such as diabetic nephropathy, diabetic retinopathy, diabetes cardiovascular disease, and so on, threatening human life, health and safety. Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi is one of the most commonly used traditional Chinese medicine. Flavonoids are the main effective components of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi. The flavonoids are mainly baicalin, baicalein, wogonoside and wogonin. The four have the effects of improving the renal function, insulin resistance and retinopathy of type 2 diabetic patients. The aim of this review is to summarize the pathogenesis and clinical research progress of baicalin, baicalein, wogonoside and wogonin in Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus and its complications. All rights reserved, Elsevier.

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