The in vitro effects of Mondia whitei on human sperm motility parameters

Phytother Res. 2008 Sep;22(9):1272-3. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2469.


Mondia whitei has been used since ancient times as an aphrodisiac even though little scientific evidence exists about its efficacy. An aqueous extract of Mondia whitei was administered to human spermatozoa in vitro and motility parameters assessed. Mondia whitei significantly enhanced total motility as well as progressive motility in a time-dependent manner. These data may open the way for the use of Mondia whitei especially in men affected with asthenozoospermia.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Male
  • Periploca / chemistry*
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Plant Roots / chemistry
  • Sperm Motility / drug effects*


  • Plant Extracts