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Herbal Medicine in Andrology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128155653

Herbal Medicine in Andrology

1st Edition

An Evidence-based Update

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Editors: Ralf Henkel Ashok Agarwal
Paperback ISBN: 9780128155653
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2020
Page Count: 200
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Herbal Medicine in Andrology: An Evidence-based Update provides a comprehensive overview of ethnomedical approaches in andrology, including ethnopharmacology of plant extracts and relevant bioactive compounds. It highlights information on the availability of medicinal plants and the legal and procedural processes involved in developing a marketable product. This reference helps clinicians and scientists develop an understanding on how herbal medicine can be used to treat andrological patients in practice. Only a limited number of journal articles are available on this topic, making this reference a valuable source of information for a large audience, including urologists, andrologists, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists and basic scientists.

Key Features

  • Provides essential evidence-based information about herbal medicine
  • Offers an ethnopharmacological background on bioactive compounds in certain plant extracts
  • Educates the basic scientist and clinician on the use of herbal medicines in andrology
  • Provides an update to recent advances on herbal medicine in andrology from world experts


Reproductive biologists, reproductive endocrinologists, academic clinicians interested in male reproduction, andrologists, embryologists, urologists, family practitioners, basic andrological scientists

Table of Contents

  1. Herbal medicine: an introduction to its history (B van Wyk)
  2. Herbal pharmacognosy: an introduction (TBD)
  3. Basic herbal pharmacology (TBD)
  4. Overview on the clinical presentation and indications (K Leisegang; I Tambi)
    1. Testosterone deficiency
    2. Poor semen quality and infertility
    3. Aging Males’ Symptoms
      1. Erectile dysfunction
      2. Hypogonadism

    4. BPH
    5. PCa
    6. Prostatitis and MAGI
    7. Autoimmunity (Anti-sperm antibodies)
    8. Male contraception
    9. Libido

  5. Herbal medicine use to treat andrological problems
    1. Americas (M Villar; G Gonzales)
      1. Lepidium meyenii (Maca)
      2. Serenoa repens (Saw palmetto)
      3. Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) seeds
      4. Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng)
      5. Chamaelirium luteum (False unicorn)
      6. Ptychopetalum olacoides (Muira puama)
      7. Smilax officinalis (Sarsapirilla)

    2. Middle east (R Rahimi; M Hoosen)
      1. Phoenix dactylifera (Red palm seeds)
      2. Nigella sativa (Black seed)
      3. Vitus vinifera and resveratrol (Grape seed extract)

    3. Africa (P Moundipa; D Massoma Lembe; C Sewani-Rusike; R Henkel)
      1. Pausinystalia johimbe (Yohimbe)
      2. Basella alba (Malabar spinach)
      3. Hibiscus macranthus (Hibiscus)
      4. Typha capensis (Bullrush)
      5. Mondia whitei (Whites ginger)
      6. Aspalthus linearis (Rooibos)

    4. Asia and the Indian Subcontinent (I Tambi; A George; K Bone)
      1. Withania somnifera (Ashwanganda)
      2. Eurycoma longifolia (Tongkat Ali)
      3. Tribulus terrestris (Devils weed)
      4. Panax ginseng (Korean ginseng)
      5. Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian gingeng)
      6. Zingiber officinale (Ginger root)
      7. Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny goat weed)
      8. Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus)
      9. Gingko biloba (Gingko)
      10. Curcuma longa (Tumeric)
      11. Camellia sinensis (Green tea)
      12. Centella asiatica (Gotu kola)

    5. Traditional Chinese Medicine (S Tao)
    6. Europe (K Bone)
      1. Pinus pinaster and Pycnogenol (Maritime pine bark extract)
      2. Urtica doica (Stinging nettle)

  6. Quality control, extraction methods and standardization: Interface between traditional use and scientific investigation (J Campbell)
  7. Legal regulations for the use of herbal remedies (J Syce)
  8. Herbal medicine and drug interaction (TBD)
    1. Commentary: Use of herbal medicines as primary or supplementary treatment in andrology (R Henkel; A Agarwal)

  9. Current status of integration of herbal medicines in clinical practice and possible development of the market (A George)
  10. Evaluation of the level of evidence (R Henkel; A Agarwal)
  11. Epilogue (A Agarwal; R Henkel)


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About the Editors

Ralf Henkel

Ralf Henkel, BEd, PhD, Habil., studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of Marburg, Germany, and obtained his PhD in 1990. Ralf continued his post-doctoral training and obtained his Habilitation at the University of Giessen, School of Medicine in 1998. From 1998 to 2004, he was an Assistant, Associate and Extraordinary Professor, at the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, Germany, before he accepted a Full Professorship at the Department of Urology at the University of Jena, Germany. From 2005 to 2020, he was Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Medical Bioscience at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa. He is also Honorary Professor at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru, and Editor-in-Chief of Andrologia. Ralf has published more than 140 original and review articles as well as 46 book chapters and supervised more than 70 Hons/MSc/MD/PhD postgraduate students’ theses. For his research, Ralf received 16 awards. Ralf has received 26 research grants for numerous research projects to investigate the impact of oxidative stress on sperm functions, DNA fragmentation and fertilization, as well as the effects of Herbal Medicine on male reproductive functions including prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head, Department of Medical Biosciences, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Ashok Agarwal

Ashok Agarwal

Ashok Agarwal, PhD, HCLD (ABB), ELD (ACE) is the Head of Andrology Center and Director of Research at the American Center for Reproductive Medicine since 1993. He holds these positions at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he is Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Ashok was trained in Male Infertility and Andrology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and later worked as Assistant Professor of Urology at Harvard from 1988 to 1992. Ashok has over 28 years of experience in directing busy male infertility diagnostic facilities and fertility preservation services. He is very well published with over 735 scientific papers and reviews in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is ranked in Scopus as the #1 author in the world in the fields of Male Infertility/Andrology and Human Assisted Reproduction, based on the number of peer-reviewed publications, citation scores (Scopus: 32,432; Google Scholar: 69,225), and h-index (Scopus: 97; Google Scholar: 128). He is currently an editor of more than 40 medical text books/manuals related to male infertility, ART, fertility preservation, DNA damage, and antioxidants and active in basic and clinical research. His laboratory has trained over 1,000 scientists, clinicians, graduate, and undergraduate students from the United States and more than 55 countries. Ashok is the recipient of over 100 grants totaling over 15 million dollars. His current research interests include proteomics of male infertility and the molecular markers of oxidative stress and DNA integrity in the pathophysiology of male reproduction.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Andrology Center and Director of Research at the American Center for Reproductive Medicine

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