Stimulating property of Turnera diffusa and Pfaffia paniculata extracts on the sexual behavior of male rats

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Sexually potent and sexually sluggish/impotent male rats were treated orally with different amounts of Turnera diffusa and Pfaffia paniculata fluid extracts (0.25, 0.50, 1.0 ml/kg). While having no effect on the copulatory behavior of sexually potent rats, both plant extracts – singly or in combination – improved the copulatory performance of sexually sluggish/impotent rats. The highest dose of either extract (1 ml/kg) (as well as the combination of 0.5 ml/kg of each extract) increased the percentage of rats achieving ejaculation and significantly reduced mount, intromission and ejaculation latencies, post-ejaculatory interval and intercopulatory interval. Neither extract affected locomotor activity. These results seem to support the folk reputation of Turnera diffusa and Pfaffia paniculata as sexual stimulants.

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Received: 13 January 1998/Final version: 15 September 1998

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Arletti, R., Benelli, A., Cavazzuti, E. et al. Stimulating property of Turnera diffusa and Pfaffia paniculata extracts on the sexual behavior of male rats. Psychopharmacology 143, 15–19 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1007/s002130050913

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  • Key words Male sexual behavior
  • Sexual impotence
  • Plant extracts
  • Turnera diffusa
  • Pfaffia paniculata
  • Rat