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Ayu. 2013 Jul;34(3):273-5. doi: 10.4103/0974-8520.123118.

Clinical evaluation of root tubers of Shweta Musali (Chlorophytum borivilianum L.) and its effect on semen and testosterone.

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1
Lecturer, Department of Dravyaguna, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
2
Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Principles, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Abstract

Shweta Musali (Chlorophytum borivilianum (CB)) is a traditionally used herb for its benefits in male sexual and general health. In the recent past, the herb has attained much commercial significance, both in domestic and international markets. However, limited clinical data is available to establish its traditional claims. The present study was aimed at evaluating the effect of the water soluble extract of CB root tubers on semen and testosterone in healthy adult males. The research was designed as a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, trial upon the volunteers registered from the outpatient department (OPD) with age ranging from 20 to 40 years. Water extracts of CB and placebo was administered in the patients of groups A and B, for 12 weeks, in two divided doses of 500 mg. Assessment was done based upon Semen (Volume, Liquefaction Time, Sperm Count, Sperm motility) and Serum Testosterone levels parameters. Highly significant improvement was noted in the above parameters after administration of CB extract in comparison to Placebo. Hence it was concluded that the trial drug was effective in improving male sexual health.

KEYWORDS:

Chlorophytum borivilianum; Shweta Musali; semen; testosterone

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