Phytomedicinal therapeutics for male infertility: critical insights and scientific updates.

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Ramgir, Shalaka S, Renu, Kaviyarasi, Vellingiri, Balachandar, George, Alex, Tirupapuliyur, Damodaran, Thiagarajan, Padma and Valsala Gopalakrishnan, A. 2022. Phytomedicinal therapeutics for male infertility: critical insights and scientific updates. Journal of Natural Medicines. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11418-022-01619-0
AuthorsRamgir, Shalaka S, Renu, Kaviyarasi, Vellingiri, Balachandar, George, Alex, Tirupapuliyur, Damodaran, Thiagarajan, Padma and Valsala Gopalakrishnan, A.
AbstractInfertility is a significant cause of anxiety, depression, and social stigma among couples and families. In such cases, male reproductive factors contribute widely to the extent of 20-70%. Male infertility is a multifactorial disease with several complications contributing to its diagnosis. Although its management encompasses both modern and traditional medicine arenas, the first line of treatment, adopted by most males, focuses on the reasonably successful medicinal plant-based conventional therapies. Phyto-therapeutics, which relies on active ingredients from traditionally known herbs, influences sexual behavior and male fertility factors. The potency of these phyto-actives depends on their preparation methods and forms of consumption, including decoctions, extracts, semi-purified compounds, etc., as inferred from in vitro and in vivo (laboratory animal models and human) studies. The mechanisms of action therein involve the testosterone pathway for stimulation of spermatogenesis, reduction of oxidative stress, inhibition of inflammation, activation of signaling pathways in the testes [extracellular-regulated kinase (ERK)/protein kinase B(PKB)/transformation of growth factor-beta 1(TGF-β1)/nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells NF-kB signaling pathways] and mediation of sexual behavior. This review critically focuses on the medicinal plants and their potent actives, along with the biochemical and molecular mechanisms that modulate vital pathways associated with the successful management of male infertility. Such intrinsic knowledge will significantly further studies on medicinal plants that improve male reproductive health. [Abstract copyright: © 2022. The Author(s) under exclusive licence to The Japanese Society of Pharmacognosy.]
KeywordsInfertility management; Male infertility; Reproductive dysfunctions; Medicinal plants; Spermatogenesis
Year2022
JournalJournal of Natural Medicines
PublisherSpringer
ISSN1861-0293
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11418-022-01619-0
Official URLhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11418-022-01619-0
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Online04 Apr 2022
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Accepted11 Mar 2022
Deposited20 Apr 2022
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