Prof. Musa Yakubu of the University of Ilorin has asserted that diarrhoea can cause erectile dysfunction in men.
Yakubu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Friday that diarrhoea was a condition in which watery faeces was frequently discharged.
The biochemistry lecturer also revealed that the prevalence of diarrhoea in the country was as high as 18.8 per cent above the average of 16 per cent.
Yakubu, renowned for herbal remedies, said that plantain could be used to cure diarrhoea.
He also explained that ceratotheca sesamoides or false sesame had medicinal properties to cure the disease.
The biochemist said that mangifera indica or mango was also an efficacious treatment for the disease.
“Our finding shows that the plants and their sap contained relevant secondary anti-diarrhoeal bioactive agents that prolonged the onset time of diarrhoea.
“It increased the inhibition of defecations and small intestine sodium-potassium adenosine triphosphatase,” he said.
He said that the plants could be explored as alternatives in the management of diarrhoea.
Yakubu reiterated that people with diarrhoea would not think of any sexual activity let alone reproduction.