Paederia Foetida Review
Paederia Foetida is one in the unflatteringly named “sewer vine” genus of paederia flowering plants (the specific plant in question, thanks to its intense sulphurous odor, is also called “skunk vine”.) These plants grow in tropical climes within Asia, the Polynesian islands, Hawaii, and elsewhere, and at least a couple members of the paederia genus have been used to lower uric acid levels in the body and, consequently, to alleviate the symptoms of related diseases like gout and hyperuricemia. It is also touted as a defense against intestinal problems such as diarrhea. Paederia Foetida itself forms part of an exhaustive list of plants with anti-microbial properties, and, more recently, has been associated with anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation and testosterone boosting. Despite the daunting olfactory challenge that the plants present, their leaves are capable of being cooked and eaten: the cooking process that will actually take care of the odor (despite their being a mild bitterness to their taste), and they can be used as a dietary source of carotine and Vitamin C.
The chemical composition of paederia foetida includes some dietary fatty acids as well as ursolic acid (otherwise available in apple peels), a molecule that is, on its own, associated with anabolic functions and the increase of the ratio of muscle to fat. However, all the precise bioactive mechanism or mechanisms of paederia foetida are not currently known, and there seem to be no human trials conducted with the plant for the purposes of testing anabolic potential.
There does exist one study conducted on rats that has shown some interesting results in the areas of aphrodisiac and androgenic effects. Published in the Journal of Men’s Health, a research group at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Dr. H.S. Gour University (India) used an ethanol extract of paederia foetida leaves, in varying doses from 50mg-200mg per kg of body weight) upon male rats. In terms of libido increase, this was generally regarded as a success, as the rats’ frequency of mounting their partners, along with intromission, was noted to increase, while the latency or hesitancy involved with these activities was lessened as well. Though these results were not seen as being dose-dependent (it is unclear from the study abstract if the highest dose also equaled the best response), positive effects on serum testosterone level were nonetheless seen as being integral to these activities. An enlargement of the Sertoli cells – the so-called ‘nurse’ cells that reside specifically in the testes – was also noticed upon histological examination. These cells are crucial for the process of spermatogenesis, since prior to this process, they concentrate testosterone in the transmitting structures known as seminiferous tubules.
The same Indian study also noted positive effects of paederia foetida upon erectile function, with the PEI [penile erection index] increasing in accordance with a 100-200mg/kg dose of the ethanol extract 15-days into the study, and with all doses showing positive effects 28 days in (the greatest increase stood at 289%.)
It is difficult to find a supplement that advertises paederia foetida as its main bioactive ingredient, though not impossible. It may be necessary, however, to simply purchase a powder made from leaves of the plant, if you purchase from an Ayurvedic medicine supermarket (online or otherwise.) Paederia foetida leaf extract is also available in the Joint Health Herbal Combination Supplement, in which it combines with over fifteen additional herbal ingredients in an attempt to maintain bone health. As of now, it does not seem like the supplement manufacturers are gearing up for a ‘boom’ period of paederia foetida products, though this may yet be forthcoming (and such surges in popularity are not always easy to predict): the studies mentioned were only published as of 2011, and have yet to circulate beyond specialist conferences and weblogs. So, while it is tempting to see the lack of available goods as an industry-wide indifference to the plant’s purported effects, it may also be the case that knowledge of its potential androgenic effects has not yet spread widely enough to stimulate a major demand.
Though there also seems to be little information online detailing bad experiences with its personal use, it remains a good idea to consult with your doctor or physician and to determine any possible negative interactions with other medicines.
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