Nutmeg is a spice which has been used traditionally to treat male sexual disorders, such as erectile dysfunction. A study in rats demonstrated the ability of an alcohol extract of nutmeg to increase male libido and potency.
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the sexual effects of nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), it’s side effects and toxicity. Various doses were given for seven days to different rats and sildenafil (a pharmaceutical used for sexual problems) was given to some rats for comparison. The animals were observed through the whole time for sexual activity. Nutmeg has been found to contain plant sterols.
There was sustained and significant increase in the treated male rat’s sexual behavior. No side effects or toxicities were found. The effect of the nutmeg extract did not seem as strong as that of the drug, sildenafil, which is used for erectile dysfunction.
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KEY WORDS: Aphrodisiac, Erectile dysfunction, Erection, Libido, Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), Mating, Potency, Sexual activity, Sildenafil, Unani medicine.