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Natural Alternative to Viagra

Ava Morris July 29, 2019
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If you do not want to take medications, you can always turn to alternative medicine. There is good news for men – alternative medicine may soon be available for them to treat erectile dysfunction. Horny goat weed (Epimedium brevicornum) may be used for manufacturing pills to manage erectile dysfunction. Italian scientists found out that new natural remedy will be as effective as Viagra but less harmful and without so many adverse effects. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Natural Products.

The research led by Mario Dell’Agli from the University of Milan was aimed at studying the properties of four plants that are commonly used in Asian countries as aphrodisiacs. Horny goat weed contains icariin that inhibits phosphodiesterase type 5 which regulates penile circulation. Viagra has the same inhibiting mechanism.

Mario Dell’Agli et al. have experimented with icariin extract and obtained a modified version of this substance that is as effective as Viagra. More than that, this new herbal medication is going to be safer than popular Viagra.   

The active ingredient in Viagra inhibits not only phosphodiesterase type 5 but other types of phosphodiesterase. Inhibition of phosphodiesterase type 6, for example, may cause impaired color vision. Inhibition of phosphodiesterase type 1 may have negative consequences for the cardiovascular system. Preliminary studies showed that icariin-based substance affects only phosphodiesterase type 5 but not other enzymes. 

The authors of the research now are planning to conduct clinical trials of the new remedy. The scientists predict that if the results of the studies will be positive, this new herbal alternative to Viagra will enter the market in 10 years.