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'Go green' with herbal contraceptives





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Men could soon be popping contraceptive pills made of plants if the results of experiments carried out at Rajasthan University are anything to go by.

The zoology department of the university has been experimenting on rats for the last five years and the results have been encouraging.

"We want to develop a safe, cheap and reversible orally active male contraceptive agent from traditional medicinal plants which will have no side effects," said P.C. Mali, assistant professor at the university's zoology department.

He said the experiments were at a preliminary stage but results so far have been very promising. "It will take some years to experiment it on humans," Mali said.

The plants being used for the research are scientifically known as citrullus colocynthis, maytenus emargineta and peganum harmala.

Citrullus colocynthis is a common type of weed found in the sandy lands of northwestern and central India and is also known as tumba, colocynth, gardmuda or Indian wild gourd.

Maytenus emargineta, known as kankeram, is a small, compact tree with purple branches with leaves and flowers on the spines. It is commonly found in the open fields of semi-arid areas.

Peganum harmala L. belongs to the zygophyllaceae (ruteaceae) family and is also known as Gandhaya and wild Rue. The plant is distributed over semi-arid areas of the Middle East and North Africa, northwestern India, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Rajasthan.

All these plants have necessary ingredients to control male fertility. Interestingly, these plants are found in abundance in Rajasthan and are currently being used only as fuel.

Mali said the objective of the study is to find a reversible contraceptive from traditional medicinal plants, which interferes with the production of sperms and morphological structures.

"After successfully testing it on rats, we will test it on rabbits and monkeys. Then if everything goes fine, it will be tested on humans," Mali said.

Rajasthan University, established in 1947, has 36 postgraduate departments, 15 research centres, six colleges and 500 affiliated colleges spanning six districts.


Read more: 'Go green' with herbal contraceptives - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Go-green-with-herbal-contraceptives/articleshow/6718109.cms#ixzz0s744JKwF
iyepes
Are there herbal contraceptives for women?
FunDa
Have you heard of Centchroman ?

It is not exactly herbal, but Centchroman is a non-steroidal non-hormonal oral contraceptive which is believed to be more safe and effective than pills containing estrogen and progestrerone.

It may be used as a once- weekly oral contraceptive.


It is also called Ormeloxifene and has been used in India as "Saheli"


Taking steroids and hormones are not really good for the body, hence the reason centchroman is of use
LittleBlackKitten
I don't think a MALE contraceptive will catch on any time soon. Men are far too proud about sperm and the "boys" to take such a pill.
ujjawall
Are there herbal contraceptives for men? Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
FunDa
ujjawall wrote:
Are there herbal contraceptives for men? Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad


.Yes, that it what the fisrt article is abut.

Also, there is Gossypol from cotton seeds.

Warning: Cottonseeds can reduce sperm count.
macky
what is this all about? i can't do really relate on this... but i know someday i may understand what is this

all about...
mshafiq
Apparently herbal contraceptives can not get popular. The reason is they can be too effective like existing medicine. Effectiveness in terms of surety. Even existing medicines are unable to give 100% guarantee. That is why women or men go for operation.
Interestingly even after vasectomy, little although very little chances are there to get the nerves/veins connected again.
So if someone is interested in believing that if pregnancy would be delayed it is better but not it is OK too, then he/she can opt for herbal contraceptives medicine.
Thanks!
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