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Eurycoma longifolia Jack Enhances Libido in Sexually Experienced Male Rats


The effects of Eurycoma longifolia Jack were studied on the libido of sexually experienced male rats after dosing them with 200, 400 and 800 mg/kg body weight twice daily of different fractions of E. longifolia Jack for 10 days. Results showed that E. longifolia Jack produced a dose-dependent increase in mounting frequency of the treated animals with 400 mg/kg of chloroform, methanol, water and butanol fractions resulting in mounting frequencies of 5.3 ± 1.2, 4.9 ± 0.7, 4.8 ± 0.7 and 5.2 ± 0.1, and 800 mg/kg further increased them to 5.4 ± 0.8, 5.4 ± 0.8, 5.2 ± 0.6 and 5.3 ± 0.2 respectively but there were no erections, intromissions, ejaculations or seminal emissions during the 20-min observation period which allowed for the measurement of sexual arousal reflected by mounting frequency uninfluenced by other behavioural components. This study provides evidence that E. longifolia Jack is a potent stimulator of sexual arousal in sexually vigorous male rats in the absence of feedback from genital sensation.