Drugs based on the Chinese herb “Horny Goat Weed” may become the alternative of Viagra for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Italian scientists from the Milan University reported that the “Horny Goat Weed” has a long time reputation as a natural aphrodisiac. Experiments showed that this herb, even though it doesn’t increase arousal, helps men to get and keep the erection.

“This plant is the natural Viagra. The good news is that we have managed to synthesize a new molecule that will replace Viagra one day” – says the scientist Mark Delage.

horny-goat-weed3                   horny goat weed

The Viagra has a widespread use, but it also has a number of adverse effects, such as gastric disturbances, headaches, bleeding, hypotension, vision problems and blindness in rare cases.

Therefore, the scientists are looking for a natural alternative and they look at various plants that the folk medicine believes it can stimulate male sexual function. In the research has been shown that this herb, by blocking the specific enzymes that interfere with erections, is acting the same as the Viagra. The icariin substance is extracted from the herbs and the adverse effects are expected to be less as compared to the modern drugs that are used in the treatment of impotence.

The isolated icariin substance that is present in the herb, cannot have the same effects as the Viagra without some modification. With the synthesis of a new molecule based on the icariin, it achieves the same effects as the Viagra. “- says Mark Delage.