MUT Master’s study establishes a link between erectile dysfunction and GBV

Lovejoy Ntshangase

A Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Master of Nature Conservation study has found a link between erectile dysfunction and Gender-Based Violence.

Nonkululeko Lovejoy Ntshangase’s study, titled Traditional knowledge on the use of Hippobromus pauciflorus as a herbal approdisac to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), uncovered that one of the main causes of GBV was erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction, explained Ntshangase, led to cheating.

“Men would get frustrated. They have fears. Others find it difficult to buy western medicine because everything is the open. It would have been easier if there was a private room where they could buy these western medicines. They say they are embarrassed by this situation,” said Ntshangase.

With the traditional medicine, no one gets to know, there is reasonable amount of privacy. However, some men have to take medication for chronic diseases. Ntshangase said because of the chronic diseases, the traditional medicines do not have the desired effects. For this reason, some men would over-compensate, and take more than what is required. For instance, a diabetic man would have his western medication wiped out by the traditional medicine. This would lead to health problems, Ntshangase said.

She added that some of the information about the effectiveness, or lack of the traditional medicines, was word of mouth. “I wanted to find out which one works,” said Ntshangase. “I tested the traditional medicines in the lab to determine what amount was not harmful.”

The critical part is that, as Ntshangase discovered, men that are mostly victims of erectile dysfunction are between 25 and 34 years old. She said this was because of the food that people eat and their lifestyle. She recommends eating healthy.

Ntshangase, who works at KZN Herbarium in Durban, conducted her research in some Durban hospitals, and a hospital in Nkandla, in in the north of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research was supervised by Professor Roger Coopoosamy, Acting Head of Department of Nature Conservation at MUT.

She is one of 13 Master of Nature Conservation students who graduated at this year’s virtual graduation. Other dissertations looked at the quality of water, invasive species, conservation laws in South Africa, coping with drought and climate change, among others. This is the third year the department is graduating its Master’s students.