Fatemeh Hakimi*, Mojgan Tansaz and Roshanak Mokaberinejad Pages 711 - 715 ( 5 )
Background and Objective: Infertility is a major problem in medical sciences. Despite recent advances in diagnosing and treatment of infertility, it is still one of the most important medical problems. The aim of this study is to review the role of the parsnip (Pastinaca sativa L), a proposed remedy as to a fertile agent in the viewpoint of Iranian traditional medicine (ITM) and review the evidence in the conventional medicine.
Methods: In this literature research, we investigated some important Persian medical and pharmaceutical manuscripts in ITM. The search was conducted with the keyword of the fertile agent, and the parsnip was one of the choices mentioned as a fertile agent which is also available. In order assess the current findings, a search was done in the PubMed and Google Scholar databases.
Results: In ITM, the parsnip is recognized as a stomach astringent, liver and uterine tonic and Stimulates ovulation. It is named as semen or sexual desire increaser and fertile agent. In the viewpoint of ITM, attention to the health of main or vital members of the body (including the heart, brain, and liver) in addition to the health of the urogenital system, may have led to the treatment of infertility.
Conclusion: In some studies, the effects of the parsnip on spermatogenesis, number, and sperm motility are investigated but no studies have been done on women's infertility. This review shows that the parsnip can be as a fertile agent in female infertility. So, further clinical research is recommended.
Herbal medicine, integrative medicine, complementary medicine, persian medicine, infertility, iranian traditional medicine
Department of Traditional Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine. Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. Tehran, Department of Traditional Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine. Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. Tehran, Department of Traditional Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine. Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. Tehran