Nature versus nurture--plant resources in management of male infertility

Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2010 Jun 1;2:1001-14. doi: 10.2741/e159.


Male infertility, apart from being a multi-factorial disorder, has no defined etiology in almost half of the infertile men. The complex etiology demands a complex remedy which can heal several ailments together. Currently available specific treatments are largely inefficient in infertility treatment. Medicinal plants present a repertoire capable of providing varied constituents which could be helpful in infertility management. However, the literature on the same is scanty and we have not explored even 1 percent of the available plant resources. Herein, we present a systematic review of clinical and experimental data on the use of Indian medicinal herbs in the treatment of male infertility. Literature suggests that most of the medicinal herbs exhibit a three dimensional effect of reducing oxidative/psychological stress, fatigue and promoting libido. This review is oriented to identify and highlight aphrodisiac, adaptogenic, anti-oxidant and nutritional properties of these plants and aims at promoting exploration of these valuable medicinal resources.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infertility, Male / drug therapy*
  • Male
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Plants, Medicinal / chemistry*
  • Plants, Medicinal / classification


  • Plant Extracts