University Chemistry ›› 2023, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (7): 164-168.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202207029

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Gentle Killer: Muscone

Ruoyu Shen1,2, Peiyao Song1,2, Hongjian Lu2, Zhen Shen2, Kin Shing Chan2,*()   

  1. 1 Anbang Academy, College of First-Year Students, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
    2 School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
  • Received:2022-07-05 Accepted:2022-07-26 Published:2022-09-13
  • Contact: Kin Shing Chan


Most film and television dramas focus on using musk for abortion. However, musk also has many beneficial uses. Lin Xiaoxiang has a keen interest in studying traditional Chinese medicine, especially muscone. She once dreamt of traveling back to ancient times and using her knowledge of the chemistry and pharmacology of muscone to help children with pediatric convulsions (psychiatric disorders). There, she also advised a pregnant woman on the correct use of muscone and ensured that the accurate information regarding muscone is disseminated to the public.

Key words: Musk, Muscone, Embryo, Blood-rain barrier, Progesterone