Male Sexual Dysfunction and Methods used in Assessing Medicinal Plants with Aphrodisiac Potentials

Pharmacognosy Reviews,2007,1,1,49-56.
Published:January 2007
Type:Review Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Yakubu, M. T.*, Akanji, M. A and Oladiji, A. T

Medicinal Plants Research Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria 


Sexual dysfunction, that is the repeated inability to achieve normal sexual intercourse, which include various forms like premature ejaculation, retrograded, retarded or inhibited ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, arousal difficulties (reduced libido), compulsive sexual behaviour, orgasmic disorder and failure of detumesence, are on the increase world wide because of aging population and other increasing etiological factors. Several management options employed are associated with some serious side effects not readily available and are expensive. The search for natural supplement from medicinal plants is being intensified probably, because of its reduced side effect, its ready availability and reduced cost. Therefore, the increasing search for medicinal plants with aphrodisiac potentials has necessitated the need to review methods available for screening medicinal plants with aphrodisiac potentials in males.