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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 9, No. 1, 2009, pp. 49-53
Bioline Code: hs09009
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2009, pp. 49-53

 en Reproductive effects of Ficus asperifolia check for this species in other resources (Moraceae) in female rats
Watcho, Pierre; Ngadjui, Esther; Alango, Nkeng-Efouet P.; Benoît, Nguelefack T. & Kamanyi, Albert


The reproductive effects of Ficus asperifolia check for this species in other resources in female rats were investigated in the present study. Sperm-positive adult female rats were orally administered (P.O.) either the aqueous and methanol extracts of Ficus asperifolia (100 and 500mg/kg), distilled water (10ml/kg) or 5%Tween 80 (10ml/kg) for seven days. On day 10 of pregnancy, the implantation sites were recorded. In the fertility study, adult female rats received the same test substances for 21 days and, the fertility index and litter size determined. In the uterotrophic test, normal and ovariectomized immature rats were treated for seven days with the dry extract of Ficus asperifolia (100 and 500mg/kg) in the absence and presence of 17â-estradiol benzoate 1µg/animal/day, s.c. On day 8, the uterine growth index was measured. Results of the study showed a significant increase (p<0.05) in the implantation sites and litter size of animals receiving 100mg/kg of the aqueous extract of Ficus asperifolia. In the estrogenic assay, normal immature rats were sensitive to the treatment with Ficus asperifolia than the ovariectomized ones. Our results give added scientific support to the popular use of Ficus asperifolia in the treatment of some cases of women's sterility/infertility related problems.

Ficus asperifolia, implantation, fertility, uterotrophic, rat.

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