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An Insight into Natural Bioactives for the Improvement of Male Sexual Function

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Male sexual function is one of the most intriguing physiological responses that, when occurs, not only influences the entire physiology but also the men’s psychological status. Penile erection, seminal emission, and ejaculation together encompass the masculine sexual function. These reflexes are controlled at both the spinal and the brain levels and are importantly influenced by the sexual hormones.

Male sexual function normally occurring positively impacts the well-being. The expression of the masculine sexual reflexes influences each other and any disturbances of individual male sexual responses such as penile erection significantly modify the expression of the ejaculatory responses. Inadequacies of the male sexual function are common as ageing advances and the stressful states complicate these conditions. Stressful states impacting male sexual function result from social, environmental, and technological factors.

In spite of the physiological control of male sexual function not being outlined until now, some pharmacological approaches are conventionally intended to provide support to some sexual inadequacies of men.

In many countries around the world, the traditional medicine is the only approach for the management of male sexual inadequacies with some degree of success. Traditional medicine mainly employs medicinal plants with prosexual activity to increase the sexual potency, but the uses of prosexual plants with recreational purposes and for the management of male sexual inadequacies need scientific information to be widespread.

The purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research papers as well as review articles addressing recent advances on the study of medicinal plants with prosexual activity. Original, high-quality contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.

We welcome contributions in the form of original research and review articles on the use, pharmacology, and efficacy of medicinal plants used in the management of male sexual inadequacies or for the increase of male sexual potency.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ethnobotanical surveys of medicinal plants used with prosexual purposes in men
  • Identification and development of active compounds from medicinal plants used to augment sexual potency
  • Identification of the peripheral and central targets of active compounds from plants with prosexual activity
  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms turned on by medicinal plants to increase sexual potency
  • Use of medicinal plants for the treatment of altered conditions of male sexual function
  • Preclinical and clinical studies on the medicinal plants with prosexual activity

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 26 January 2018
Publication DateJune 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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