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Abstract

EVALUATION OF EROGENIC ACTIVITY OF HYDROALCOHOLIC EXTRACT OF LEMANEA FLUVIATILIS IN RATS

Palayyan Muralidharan* and Gejalakshmi Subramaniam

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Objective: To evaluate the hydro alcoholic extract of Lemanea fluviatilis for its erogenic activity Ancient literature included the use of a number of plants/algae as a sex stimulants. L.fluviatilis is one of the important algae which is used as an aphrodisiac. Dopamine and testosterone are known to facilitate male-sexual function. In this study, the hydo-alcoholic extract of whole part of L.fluviatilis at higher concentration (500mg/kg body weight) showed significant (P<0.01) aphrodisiac activity on male wistar albino rats by increase in number of mounts, mating performance, testosterone and DA level. The effect on sexual behaviour such as mount frequency, Intromission frequency, ano-genital sniffing and genital grooming were also significantly (P<0.05) increased in comparison with the normal control group. Results: In the present study the extract of the L. fluviatilis exert significant aphrodisiac activity. However, further studies are needed to evaluate whether invivo administration of the extract is beneficial for people suffering from psycho-social sexual disorders.

Keywords: Lemanea fluviatilis, Aphrodisiac, mounting frequency, testosterone, dopamine, body weight.


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