Effect of Lepidium meyenii (MACA) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men

  title={Effect of Lepidium meyenii (MACA) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men},
  author={Gustavo F. Gonzales and A C{\'o}rdova and K Vega and Arturo Chung and Arturo Villena and C G{\'o}{\~n}ez and S. del Castillo},
This study was a 12-week double blind placebo-controlled, randomized, parallel trial in which active treatment with different doses of Maca Gelatinizada was compared with placebo. [] Key Method Men aged 21-56 years received Maca in one of two doses: 1,500 mg or 3,000 mg or placebo. Self-perception on sexual desire, score for Hamilton test for depression, and Hamilton test for anxiety were measured at 4, 8 and 12 weeks of treatment. An improvement in sexual desire was observed with Maca since 8 weeks of…
Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or androgen content
Preliminary findings show that Lepidium meyenii (Maca) (3.5 g/d) reduces psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowers measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women independent of estrogenic and androgenic activity.
Subjective effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) extract on well‐being and sexual performances in patients with mild erectile dysfunction: a randomised, double‐blind clinical trial
A small but significant effect of Maca supplementation on subjective perception of general and sexual well‐being in adult patients with mild ED is supported.
Effect of Lepidium meyenii Walp. on Semen Parameters and Serum Hormone Levels in Healthy Adult Men: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study
The results indicate that maca possesses fertility enhancing properties in men, as long as men prefer to use alimentary supplement to enhance fertility rather than prescribed medication or any medical intervention, it is worth continuing to assess its possible benefits.
Maca (L. meyenii) for improving sexual function: a systematic review
Limited evidence for the effectiveness of maca in improving sexual function is provided, but the total number of trials, the total sample size, and the average methodological quality of the primary studies were too limited to draw firm conclusions.
Acute and chronic dosing of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on male rat sexual behavior.
Acute and short-term administration of Maca produced a small effect of rat male sexual behavior and long-term treatment with Maca did not increase anxiety, but chronic administration did not increased locomotion or anxiety.
Maca reduces blood pressure and depression, in a pilot study in postmenopausal women
Maca did not exert hormonal or immune biological action in the small cohort of patients studied; however, it appeared to reduce symptoms of depression and improve diastolic blood pressure in Chinese postmenopausal women.
A Double‐Blind, Randomized, Pilot Dose‐Finding Study of Maca Root (L. Meyenii) for the Management of SSRI‐Induced Sexual Dysfunction
Macha root may alleviate SSRI‐induced sexual dysfunction, and there may be a dose‐related effect, and Maca may also have a beneficial effect on libido.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
A comprehensive review of the published literatures on maca is presented, which includes morphological descriptions, traditional uses, nutritional status, chemical constituents, biological activities, cosmetic uses, and standardization.
Effect of supplementation with maca (Lepidium meyenii) in libido and semen characteristics in hair sheep rams (Ovis aries)
It was concluded that maca consumption improves some mating behaviors in hair sheep rams, while semen characteristics appeared unaffected.
Traditional Plant Aphrodisiacs and Male Sexual Dysfunction
There is very little evidence to support the use of plant aphrodisiacs in the treatment of male sexual dysfunction andTrans‐culturally, many herbal therapies show some potential benefits in improving men's sexual function; however, adequate studies on the specific benefits and health risks associated with their use are needed.


Signs of sexual behaviour are not increased after subchronic treatment with LHRH in young men
Hormonal aspects of sexual dysfunction: The therapeutic use of exogenous androgens in men and women
  • S. Seidman
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Current psychiatry reports
  • 2000
Good evidence exists that treatment is effective for arousal difficulties in men and women in the setting of a hypo-androgenic state, and the relationship between androgens and sexual function is reviewed.
Effect on Sexual Function of Long-Term Treatment With Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in Depressed Patients Treated in Primary Care
Depressed patients with a DSM-III-R major depressive disorder treated by general practitioners reported no change in orgasmic dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, or mean total score, but there was a trend toward worsening of ejaculatory dysfunction.
Effect of Lepidium meyenii (maca) roots on spermatogenesis of male rats
The Lepidium meyenii root invigorates spermatogenesis in male rats by acting on its initial stages (IX-XIV), which includes mitosis and seminiferous tubules.
Effect of Lepidium meyenii (maca) roots on spermatogenesis of male rats.
The Lepidium meyenii root invigorates spermatogenesis in male rats by acting on its initial stages (IX-XIV), which results in an increase in the weights of testis and epididymis but not the seminal vesicle weight.
The effects of exogenous testosterone on sexuality and mood of normal men.
It is concluded that supraphysiological levels of testosterone maintained for up to 2 months can promote some aspects of sexual arousability without stimulating sexual activity in eugonadal men within stable heterosexual relationships.
Lack of sexual activity from erectile dysfunction is associated with a reversible reduction in serum testosterone.
Since the pre-therapy low testosterone levels were independent of the aetiology of impotence, it is hypothesized that this hormonal pattern is related to the loss of sexual activity, as demonstrated by its normalization with the resumption of coital activity after different therapies.
Effects of Terminalia catappa seeds on sexual behaviour and fertility of male rats.
The kernel of T. catappa seeds has aphrodisiac activity and may be useful in the treatment of certain forms of sexual inadequacies, such as premature ejaculation.
Sildenafil, a novel effective oral therapy for male erectile dysfunction.
Results show that sildenafil is a well tolerated and effective oral therapy for male erectile dysfunction with no established organic cause and may represent a new class of peripherally acting drug for the treatment of this condition.