Review Article - Journal of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Chemical Science (2022) Volume 6, Issue 3
Ethnobotanical survey and phytochemical screening of some plants used in the management of sexual dysfunction.
Sexual dysfunction is a commonly faced sexual disorder that has a significant impact on the quality of one's life and can jeopardize the stability of a one's relationship. The purpose of this study was to gather ethnobotanical information of the plants used for enhancing sexual mood and to evaluate the phytochemical and proximate content of different parts of the most mentioned plants recorded. Trips were taken to different local markets in Abeokuta, they include Kuto, Ijaye, Itoku and Lafenwa market. Fifty (50) questionnaires were randomly distributed to herbal practitioners and herb sellers in the study area to source for ethnobotanical information on plants used for sexual enhancement. The results revealed that Cnestis ferruginea (3.1223 mg/100 g) had the highest alkaloid content but there was no significant difference between (p>0.05) between the alkaloid content (3.1223 mg/100 g) of Cnestis ferruginea and Pterocarpus osun (3.0380 mg/100 g). Combretum collinum (1.1287 mg/100 g) had the highest glycoside content which was significantly higher (p<0.05) than that of Pterocarpus osun (0.8770 mg/100 g) and Cnestis ferruginea (1.0557 mg/100 g). Combretum collinum also had the highest crude protein content (8.0367 mg/100g), followed by Pterocarpus osun (6.7067 mg/100 g) while Cnestis ferruginea had the least (4.5300 mg/100 g). The information gathered from the participants and results from the analysis have revealed that these plants contain valuable amounts of phytochemical compounds which help to fight and prevent the human body against certain diseases including sexual dysfunction.Author(s): Great Iruoghene Edo