Aphrodisiac activity of methanol extract of leaves of Passiflora incarnata Linn in mice

Phytother Res. 2003 Apr;17(4):401-3. doi: 10.1002/ptr.1124.


The aphrodisiac properties of the methanol extract of leaves of Passiflora incarnata Linn. have been evaluated in mice by observing the mounting behaviour. The methanol extract of P. incarnata exhibited significant aphrodisiac behaviour in male mice at all doses, i.e. 75, 100 and 150 mg/kg. Amongst these, the highest activity was observed with the 100 mg/kg dose when the mountings were calculated about 95 min after the administration of the test extracts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aphrodisiacs / administration & dosage
  • Aphrodisiacs / pharmacology*
  • Aphrodisiacs / therapeutic use
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Passiflora*
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Plant Leaves
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal / drug effects*


  • Aphrodisiacs
  • Plant Extracts