While the world is awash with plant supplements that allegedly increase sexual potency and performance, few plants are as scientifically researched and documented as Mondia whitei. The plant is a perennial creeper growing in many African countries, and it is widely used to treat a number of ailments in different cultures and tribes, but one thing all the herbalists agree on is its effect on libido and performance.
Aphrodisiacs work in one of at least 3 main modes of action:
- They help to maintain a strong erection and blood flow to the penis.
- They can build up volume and motility of sperms.
- They increase libido and sexual desire through an increase in testosterone and sperm production
Erections and potency
The mode of action of aphrodisiacs in this class is generally through induction of vasodilatation, to allow for erection to occur. This is very similar to the popular chemical, Sildenafil (Viagra) manufactured by Pfizer. This drug works competitively inhibiting type-V cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-specific phosphodiesterase enzyme (PDE) 9. Inhibition of this iso-enzyme increases stores of cGMP, the second messenger of nitric oxide and a mediator of vasodilatation to the penis, which relaxes corpus cavernosal smooth muscle cells and increases blood flow into cavernosal spaces. This leads to increased intracavernosal pressure, which is a necessity in producing erection. The main problem with Viagra are the potentially hazardous side effects especially for patients with heart or blood pressure conditions. Mondia whitei has been reported to have the ability to reduce the contraction of the guinea pig corpus cavernosum tissue thus relaxing the muscle, which is critical for inducing and sustaining the male erection.
Sperm function and volume
A groundbreaking paper on the treatment of rats with Mondia whitei induced a significant increase in serum and testicular testosterone levels, the testicular protein content as well as sperm density. Interestingly sperm motility or the speed and activity of sperms also increased. The observed increase in testicular protein content and weight may be the result of testosterone action. This increased sperm density observed in the cauda epididymis of the treated rats confirmed the androgenic effect of Mondia whitei. The findings of this study suggested that Mondia whitei possesses sex-stimulant property thus supporting its traditional use as an aphrodisiac.
Mondia whitei, testosterone and libido
Effective aphrodisiacs act by changing neurotransmitters or specific sex hormone concentrations. They can be effective in both sexes, although most act through an increase in testosterone concentration and are therefore male-specific. Mondia whitei has been shown in a number of studies to have a positive effect on the production of testosterone, thus increasing the androgenic aspect of men, making them more masculine and with a stronger predeliction for sexual activity.
There is much evidence to support the traditional usage of Mondia whitei as an aphrodisiac and enhancer of male sexual performance.
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