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November 2021

Inhibition of human sperm mortility by specific herbs used in alternative medicine

Author(s): Ondrizek, R. R., Chan, P. J. , Patton, W. C. , King, A.

Journal/Book: J assisted Reprod Gen. 1999; 16(2): 87-91.

Abstract: Purpose: Our purpose was to analyze sperm motility parameters in the presence of herbs.Methods: Washed sperm were incubated in either saw- palmetto (Serenoa repens, Permixon Sabal serrulatum), echinacea purpura, ginkgo biloba, St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), or control medium. Parameters were measured on a Hamilton-Thorn analyzed after 1, 4, 24, and 48 hr or 37 degrees C. Results: Sperm motility was inhibited at the high concentration (0.6 mg/mL) of sperm. High-concentration echinacea purpura interfered with sperm enzymes. Ginkgo did not have an antioxidant effect on sperm motility.

Keyword(s): phyto. res. sperm mortility


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