Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Catnip, the Natural Dopamine for Penile Erection and Male Sexual Desire

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.

Most cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) are associated with medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. However, according to the statistics, the incidence also is associated with
 the psychological problems in some men.

Some researchers suggested that certain risk factors such as increased age, stress, anxiety, drug abuse, excessive alcohol drinking, smoking and particularly in people with the long-term use of certain medication such as diuretics and beta-blockers can facilitate the early onset of the conditions.

Sexual desire is a motivational state and an interest in “sexual objects or activities, or as a wish, or drive to seek out sexual objects or to engage in sexual activities, according to the definition provided by the study of SEX DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES IN FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY OF SEXUAL DESIRE conducted by Dr. Regan, Pamela C.;and Dr. Atkins, Leah

According to the self-reported frequency and intensity of sexual desire among an ethnically diverse sample of 676 men and women, the doctors found that men are experiencing a higher overall level of sexual desire than did women. and in the sex differences with respect to the frequency of sexual desire, Men also are experiencing sexual desire more often than did women.

Catnip is also known as catswort, or catmint, a plant of Nepeta, belonging to the family of Lamiaceae, native to Europe and Asia.

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.

Dr. Bernardi MM, the lead scientist after considering all co and confounders said, "NC treatment increased male rat's penile erection. A slight facilitation on male rat sexual behavior and a decreased in general activity of NC treated rats were observed. No effects on motor coordination and yawning episodes were detected by the NC treatment".

The findings suggested that NC application may increase penile erection and improve male rat sexual behavior by an action on dopaminergic systems.

In fact, the effect of a pro-erectile dose of apomorphine, a mixed dopamine receptor agonist, also showed a stimulation of dopamine receptors, induced the release of oxytocin in brain to mediating and reinforcing effects of sexual activity in regulating the sexual behaviour (e.g., penile erection) with those controlling sexual motivation and sexual arousal.

Physically, dopamine can trigger penile erection by acting on oxytocinergic neurons located in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus and perhaps on the pro-erectile sacral parasympathetic nucleus within the spinal cord.

Dr. Baskerville TA said," dopamine demonstrates the potential existence of an interaction between central dopamine and hormone in controlling sexual reproduction during penile erection.

Several studies suggested that dopamine is a neurotransmitter which processes the potency in regulating and controlling penile erection and sexual behavior, but the use of the herbal medicine should only be prescribed by herbalist to prevent depression.

Taken all together, Herbal catnip may be considered a functional herb to improve erectile dysfunction and sexual desire, without inducing side effects compared to conventional medicine such as Avanafil (Stendra) Sildenafil (Viagra) Tadalafil (Cialis) Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn).

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(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)

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