Determining the Effect of Ashwagandha Plant Powder on Men with Semen Disorders

  • Mehdi Rashidi
  • Majid Emtiazy
  • Mahmood Khodadoost
  • Hossien Fallahzadeh
  • Ali Mohammad Mirjalili
Keywords: Ashwagandha plant, Men, Semen

Abstract

Introduction: Infertility, which is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of intercourse without the use of contraceptive methods, affects 15% of couples. 30-40% of the causes of male infertility are related to sperm disorders. The most common cause of infertility in men is their inability to produce enough healthy, active and active sperm, so the aim of this study was to determine the effect of ashwagandha powder on men with semen disorders. Materials and Methods: This study is a double-blind, clinical, randomized trial. Subjects were entered the study after obtaining informed consent and having inclusion and exclusion criteria. All subjects were clinically examined by a urologist. Blood and urine tests were also performed to ensure the health status of the individuals. Subjects did not take any PDE-V inhibitors or glucocorticoids, chemical, herbal and hormonal drugs for infertility treatment in the 4 weeks before the start of the study and until the end of the study. Finally, demographic information was obtained from all individuals and statistical calculations were performed using the statistical software SPSS. Results: In general, our results showed that the consumption of ashwagandha powder in the first experimental group was 41.3 ± 16.66% in the pre-test stage, 46.53±13.42% in the post-test stage and 45.5%±11.99% in the follow-up stage. These values were 41.23 ±19.85% in the placebo group of the pre-test stage, 41.0%±19.15 in the post-test stage and  40.37±19.41 % in the follow-up stage. This indicates that ashwagandha increased semen performance scores and sperm motility in different stages of the test compared to the second experimental group. Conclusion: The use of medicinal plants with male fertility enhancement properties can be used as a substitute or supplement for chemical drugs that affect male fertility. On the other hand, it is recommended that chemical drugs with fertility-reducing properties be less used or not used in men with infertility disorders.

Author Biographies

Mehdi Rashidi

Ph.D. Student of Persian Medicine, Department of Persian Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Ardakan, Yazd, Iran.

Majid Emtiazy

The Research Center of Persian Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.

Associate professor, Department of Persian Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Ardakan, Yazd, Iran.

Mahmood Khodadoost

Associate Professor of Traditional Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine, Traditional Medicine & Materia Medical Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Hossien Fallahzadeh

Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Health Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.

Ali Mohammad Mirjalili

Research and Clinical Center for Infertility, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.

Published
2020-12-30
How to Cite
Rashidi, M., Emtiazy, M., Khodadoost, M., Fallahzadeh, H., & Mirjalili, A. M. (2020). Determining the Effect of Ashwagandha Plant Powder on Men with Semen Disorders. International Journal of Ayurvedic Medicine, 11(4), 728-734. https://doi.org/10.47552/ijam.v11i4.1730
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Research Articles