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Effectiveness of pomegranate punica granatum l. fruit extract on the sexual function in rats

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dc.contributor.author Katana, Lydia Kadzo
dc.date.issued 2020-02
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-17T07:36:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-17T07:36:14Z
dc.description.abstract The worldwide prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) in 1995 was estimated to be 152 million males, and the figure is expected to rise to 322 million by the year 2025. The inability to achieve or sustain an erection and/or an inability to ejaculate is common among men over 40 years, where about 5% will experience ED and rates increase with age. Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) has traditionally been believed to be of importance in male sexual disorder management. This investigation was undertaken so as to assess the effect of pomegranates fruit extract alongside its likely adversative effects and acute toxicity on healthy male rats as the animal model. Fifty (50) adult albino rats of Wistar strain weighing 250-350 g and 200-250 g, respectively, of both sex (male and female) were used in this study. The pomegranate fruit extract was orally ingested (500, 1000 and 1500 mg/kg) to different groups of male rats on a once-daily regime throughout the experiment period. The mating behaviour, libido, sexual potency and testosterone concentration were recorded and comparisons made with sildenafil citrate. The administration of pomegranate fruit extract orally at the dose of 1500 mg/kg led to a significant increase of sexual activity in male rats. The fruit extract significantly increased the Mounting frequency (F = 383.9375 P = 1.34), Intromission frequency (F = 484.2 P= 1.34), Intromission latency (F = 65.81186 P = 3.17) and created a significant decrease in the Mounting latency (F= 687.1389 P = 4.23), and Post Ejaculatory Interval (F = 17047.4 P = 5.17). It also produced a significant increase in the Mounting Frequency (F = 109.486 P = 2.67) with penile anaesthetization as well as Erections (F = 383.9375 P = 1.34), Quick Flips (F = 502.4615 P= 9.4), Long Flips (F = 283.8 P= 2.62), Total penile reflexes (F = 2182.636 P = 4.27) with penile stimulation. In addition, it significantly increased testosterone concentrations (F = 13.84038 P = 0.000229). The pomegranate fruit extract was without any adversative effects and acute toxicity. The resulting significant and continued increase in the sexual activity and testosterone concentration of normal healthy male rats with no visible antagonistic effects point out that the pomegranate fruit extract has aphrodisiac activity which might be due to its nervous stimulating components. This study make available a scientific perceptive for the traditional use of pomegranate in the management of male sexual disorders. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Egerton University en_US
dc.subject Sexual function in rats en_US
dc.title Effectiveness of pomegranate punica granatum l. fruit extract on the sexual function in rats en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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