Simultaneous determination of six constituents in Mahuang Fuzi Xixin by UPLC-PDA–MS/MS

Mahuang Fuzi Xixin (MFX), a classic recipe in traditional Chinese medicine, belongs to an exterior-relieving formula. For quality control of the MFX products, qualitative analysis using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography with diode-array detector–tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-PDA–MS/MS) was undertaken. Six compounds from the MFX were simultaneously detected. Among them, astragalin and kaempferol 3-rutinoside were quantified through the UPLC–MS/MS method, while asarinin, sesamin, kakuol and methyleugenol were quantified through the UPLC-PDA method. This method can be applied to the quantitative determination of the six compounds in the MFX.