By Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrition
Herbal catnip processed a high amount of dopamine may be considered a functional herb used to prevent and treat penile erection and increase male sexual desire, some scientists suggested.
Dopamine, a neurotransmitter plays an important role in the brain of the human body, including sexual behavior.
Besides in regulation of cognitive, integrative and reward processes, the organic chemical of catecholamine and phenethylamine also can trigger penile erection and control of sexual function by acting on oxytocinergic neurons.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence is a condition of a male who can not get or maintain an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse.
The common herb has been used in herbal medicine as an insect repellent and to treat digestive disorders, children restlessness and nervousness, fevers, cold and flu, skin irritations stimulate sweating, promote menstruation, etc.
In the study to evaluate the effect of Nepeta cataria (NC), catnip on sexual behavior and penile erection researchers at the Paulista University, launched an investigation with male rats acutely fed chow enriched with 10% NC leaves.
All tested rats are randomly divided into 2 groups, the NC group is received for a 4h period the chow enriched with 10% NC leaves while the control groups are received regular chow.
Researchers found that in compared to control groups, NS fed group demonstrates an apomorphine-induced penile erection and motor coordination observed by the general activity in the open field that was assessed 0, 15, 30 and 60 min after treatment.
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(1) Nepeta cataria L. var. citriodora (Becker) increases penile erection in rats by Bernardi MM1, Kirsten TB, Lago JH, Giovani TM, Massoco Cde O.(PubMed)
(2) Dopamine and male sexual function by Giuliano F1, Allard J.(PubMed)
(3) Dopamine-oxytocin interactions in penile erection by Baskerville TA1, Allard J, Wayman C, Douglas AJ. (PubMed)
(4) SEX DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES IN FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY OF SEXUAL DESIRE by Dr. Regan, Pamela C, and Dr. Atkins, Leah