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Competitors To Viagra

Posted on 8 March 2011 by in Health

Competitors To Viagra

The active ingredient in Viagra, is a synthetic chemical sidenafil citrate. It was originally designed as a blood pressure medication, but then it was found that it helped men with erectile dysfunction instead.

Viagra works by blocking an enzyme made in the body called GCMP specific phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). However, Viagra can have some bad side effects.

Brazilian Wandering Spider

Brazilian Wandering Spider

Scientists say a single bite from the Brazilian wandering spider, also known as armed spider, banana spider or Phoneutria nigriventer, can have the side-effect of causing a long-lasting erection in victims, of up to four hours.

A team from the Medical College of Georgia tested “erection-challenged rats” and discovered that the venom gave then a much needed boost – a side-effect which has also been observed in bitten humans.

However before you buy a Brazilian wandering spider to keep at your bedside, it’s worth noting other side effects include severe pain, difficulty breathing and possibly death.

On a lighter and safer note, in 2007 a Berkshire allotment-holder found that winter-flowering heather had the same effect as Viagra. The demand became so high for the must-have plant, that nurseries and garden centres found it difficult to keep up with demand.

Winter Flowering Heather

Winter Flowering Heather

A spokesman for Wyevale Garden Centres, which has 106 UK branches, said: “At first, it was just a trickle of inquiries, but now stores are virtually being besieged each weekend. We have had men buying dozens of the plants and, at one store in Croydon, there were men old enough to know better fighting over the last remaining trays.”

55 year-old furniture restorer, Michael Ford, who liked to experiment with drinks made from various plants, said after drinking a winter-heather infusion. “The effect was almost immediate. I had to stay in my potting shed for an hour or so before I could decently walk down the street.”

One woman said: “It’s amazing. My husband has never shown any interest in gardening before, but now he’s out there night and day fussing over his heathers. Frankly, I preferred it when he left the garden to me and wasn’t so frisky.”

The benefits of the winter-flowering heather is known by the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, famous for their work in heathers. Botanist Alan Bennell said: “This first surfaced when East European chemists reported finding a Viagra-type chemical in the floral tissues of winter-flowering heaths.”

From the limited amount of information available, it is suggested the Viagra-analogue is best extracted by steeping the detached small flowers in neat alcohol. An infusion of about 20g of flowers in 100ml of fluid liberates the active principle.

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