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Introduction: Aphrodisiac agents are used to arouse sexual desire, sexual pleasure, or sexual behavior. Many
synthetic drugs are available in the market for improving sexual function. Even though modern medicines
are widely accessible, it has some ill effects. To combat these side effects, people turn to alternative medical
practices to combat these side effects. In this regard, a study was performed to investigate the aphrodisiac
potential of herbal formulation Vithu vagaichooranam (VVC) by mating behavior study in male Wistar
rats. Materials and Methods: The test drug VVC at 70 mg/kg and 90 mg/kg, Sildenafil citrate as Standard
(5 mg/kg, p.o) and vehicle control (1 mL/kg p.o) were administered orally to rats (n = 6 animals per group) for
14 days. On the 15th day, the sexual behavior of the experimental rats was observed in a dim light in specially
designed cages. The mating behavior parameter of male rats in each group was recorded individually. Results: Oral
administration of VVC at both doses significantly increased the frequencies of mount, intromission, ejaculation
frequency, Anogenital sniffing, and genital grooming (P < 0.001) when compared to the control and standard
drug. The latencies of mount and intromission were significantly reduced and ejaculation latency was prolonged.
Conclusion: The results of the study strongly suggested that the VVC has significant aphrodisiac potential in the
above experimental model in male Wistar rats. Hence, in future, this formulation can be used as a potent stimulator
of sexual behavior and an alternative for various sexual dysfunctions. The results thus support the therapeutic
activity of this formulation claimed in the literature.
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