Role of potash extract (Jar Kanwa) in suppression of male sexual desire: A study among Wister rats
Consumption of potash extract is traditionally used for suppression of male sexual desire and as a fertility control method even before the emergence of modern contraceptives. This research was aimed at determining potash extract’s role in suppression of male sexual desire. Four groups of virgin Wister rats were formed of which three groups were given different doses of potash extract and the fourth group as control. They were monitored for sexual desire with CCTV cameras and were sacrificed after 28 days. Serum testosterone and estrogen levels were assayed and sperm analysis was carried out. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 19 Statistical Software. A p<0.05 was considered as significant. Findings showed that higher doses of this potash extract (500 mg/kg and 1,000 mg/kg) stimulated more sexual desire, evidenced by increased duration of mounting. However, Serum testosterone and estrogen levels as proxy markers of sexual desire were found low in a dose dependent manner and with narrow margin of effects. The study showed no statistically significant difference between the control group and different treatment groups of potash extract on parameters of sperm analysis.
Regan P, Atkins L. Sex Differences and Similarities in Frequency and Intensity of Sexual Desire. Soc Behav Personal an Int J 2006;34(1):95–102. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.1.95
Rowland D. The Enigma of Sexual Desire, Part 1: A Brief Review of Classical, Historical, Philosophical, and Literary Perspectives. Curr Sex Heal Reports 2016;8(3):158–62. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11930-016-0078-x
Sexual Desire, by The Dalai Lama. 2014; Available from: https://buddhismnow.com/2014/03/21/sexual-desire-by-the-dalai-lama/. Accessed on 02/10/2019.
Lorke D. A new approach to practical acute toxicity testing. Arch Toxicol [Internet] 1983;54(4):275–87. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6667118 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01234480
Dewsbury D, Daris H. Effects of reserpine on the copulatory behaviour of male rats. Physio Behav 1970;5:1331–533. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0031-9384(70)90050-8
Szechtman H, Simantov R, Hershkowitz M. Sexual behaviours decreases pain sensitivity and stimulates endogenous opioids in male rats. Eur J Pharm 1981;70:278–86. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0014-2999(81)90161-8
Amin K, Rahman S, Khan N. Sexual function improving effect of Mucuna pruriens in sexually normal male rats. Fitoterapia 1996;67:53–8.
Hong W, Kennedy A, Burgos-Artizzu X, Zelikowsky M, Navonne S, Perona P, et al. Automated measurement of mouse social behaviors using depth sensing, video tracking, and machine learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci [Internet] 2015;112(38):E5351–60. Available from: http://www.pnas.org/lookup/doi/10.1073/pnas.1515982112 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1515982112
Turner T, Hartmann P, Howards S. In vivo sodium, potassium and sperm concentrations in the rat epididymis. Fertil Steril 1977;28:191–4. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0015-0282(16)42382-4
Aslam M, Sial A. Effect of hydroalcoholic extract of cydonia oblonga miller (Quince) on sexual behaviour of wistar rats. Adv Pharmacol Sci 2014;2014:1–6.
Lucinda L, Rocha C, Reboredo M. Assessment of sperm production and reproductive organs of Wistar rats to long-term exposure of Caesalpinia ferrea. Ann Brazilian Acad Sci 2010;82(4):907–14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1590/S0001-37652010000400013
Hajiuon B. Effects of Garlic (Allium sativum L. Zahedan J Res Med Sci 2014;16(12):20–5.
Hassan A, Hassouna M, Taketo T, C G, Elhilali M. The effect of diabetes on sexual behavior and reproductive tract function in male rats. J Urol 1993;149(1):148–54. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-5347(17)36028-7
Tong Y, Hungb Y, Lina S, Chengh J. Dark-Cycle Video Surveillance of Sexual Performances of Normal and Diabetic Rats. Urol Intemationalis 1996;56:207–10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1159/000282843
- Abstract views: 797
- PDF: 100
Copyright (c) 2019 the authors
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.