Effect of Curculigo orchioides rhizomes on sexual behaviour of male rats

Fitoterapia. 2007 Dec;78(7-8):530-4. doi: 10.1016/j.fitote.2007.06.005. Epub 2007 Jul 3.


The rhizomes of Curculigo orchioides have been traditionally used as aphrodisiac. In the present study ethanolic extract of rhizomes was evaluated for its effect on sexual behavior in rats. Administration of 100 mg/kg of extract change significantly the sexual behavior as assessed by determining parameters such as penile erection, mating performance, mount frequency and mount latency. Moreover a pronounced anabolic and spermatogenic effect was evidenced by weight gains of reproductive organs. The treatment also markedly affected sexual behavior of animals as reflected in reduction of mount latency, an increase in mount frequency and enhanced attractability towards female. Penile erection index was also incremented in treated group.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Animals
  • Aphrodisiacs / administration & dosage
  • Aphrodisiacs / pharmacology*
  • Aphrodisiacs / therapeutic use
  • Behavior, Animal / drug effects
  • Curculigo*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Penile Erection / drug effects*
  • Rats
  • Rhizome
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal / drug effects*


  • Aphrodisiacs