Thursday, April 09, 2009

Sex Weeds

It appears that there is a "new" weed to improve male sexual performance. And I'm not talking about marijuana. Nope. I'm talking about the appropriately named "Horny Goat Weed".

The soft green heart-shaped leaf of the horny goat weed could hold the key to a new drug for treating erectile dysfunction. Researchers say the Viagra alternative could be as effective as the famous blue pill, but have fewer side-effects.

Mario Dell'Agli of the University of Milan, Italy, and colleagues tested four plants which are used as natural aphrodisiacs in traditional cultures to establish their potential as alternatives to Viagra.

Viagra's active compound, sildenafil, works by inhibiting an enzyme called phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5). Because PDE5 helps control blood flow to the penis, inhibiting PDE5 promotes male erection.

Dell'Agli and his colleagues tested the four plants in vitro to see how efficient they were at inhibiting PDE5. Just one - Epimedium brevicornum, also known as horny goat weed and Bishop's Hat - had an effect. This confirmed previous studies showing that icariin, a compound found inside the horny goat weed, is a PDE5 inhibitor.
Don't get your hopes up right away. A drug based on this plant could be decades away.

However, if you want to grow your own an appropriately named book, Secrets of Plant Propagation, could be rather useful. According to Amazon (I haven't checked) Bishop's Hat is covered on page 90. And if you want to grow marijuana Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible could be helpful. I have to warn you though. Marijuana is illegal and the penalties for growing it are severe including lots of jail time and loss of any property remotely connected to growing it. However, not to worry. We have legions of criminals willing to supply it to you. And you can get it from either domestic growers or smugglers. So how does an old fart get connected with these criminals? Ask a kid because marijuana is easier for a kid to get than beer. No doubt a lovely way to bring the generations together.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

1 comment:

stevedouglas said...

Because of the wealth of bogus products available on the internet which are supposed to cure erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men, it is difficult to believe much if any of what you read today. We are now under the impression that the little blue pills you can buy on the internet & get on prescription from your local GP are often found to be fake! Such confusion would even trouble the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot himself.
The secret of any such internet search is to define your request to use keywords that really narrow down the final selection. In the case of impotence, use words like clinical trial, tested and proven solution each time adding in impotence.
Whilst there are many internet companies selling performance enhancing pills & herbs or even herbs in pill form, all are suggestive or use heavy handed implication to make you believe they have the elixir of life, a cure for all ills. The vast majority are little more than a bottle of snake oil under another label.
My second piece of advice is take time to read the claims and documentation offered ignoring the sexy pictures and suggestive copy designed in the main to appeal to the male machismo. Dig down and read the facts available on any site offering products that improve your bedtime mind set.
If this sounds like a lot of work, then you probably don’t have a serious problem with the strength of blood flow into your sex organs. If like 1 in every 5 men and a slightly smaller number of women in the world today you can be found wanting in the arousal department come bedtime, the recent discovery of Butea Superba is important news. Available on the internet in pill form under the brand name HealthyED this non chemical herbal solution has been tested in clinical trials and proven to improve performance in over 80% of all those that take it.
So you could trawl through the net via Google search, then carefully read the documentation and decipher the validity of the mountain of claims and counter claims made. Or you could just enter HealthyED into Google search , saving a whole heap on time and effort. Either way happy hunting.