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Effect of Aqueous Root Extract of Senna siamea Lam Reproductive Parameters of Male Wistar Rat (Rattus norvegicus)

T. A. Fatoba and O. O. Ajibogun

Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries

Stress on animal considerably affects the relative efficiency by which body processes occur. The aim of this work is to study effects of aqueous root extract of Senna siamea on morphormetrics and some reproductive parameters using male wistar rats. Twenty weaned male wistar rats with average weight 86-97g were used for the study. The rats were randomly allotted based on their initial body weights (BW) into five (5) treatments (control; 0.25; 0.50; 0.75 and 1.00 ml/ kgBW) comprising six (6) rats. Feed and fresh water were given ad libitum. The aqueous extract was administered via oral route in the morning for ten (10) days consecutively. The results reveal that animals in the treated groups had better bodyweight and intestines than the control. The effect on sperm characteristics produced significant effect on mass motility, sperm concentration and abnormalities and insignificant effect on colour and mass activity in the treated rats compared to control. It is concluded that the extract is safe and beneficial if taken in safety dose. The results of this study justify the use of this plant as traditional medicine.