Horny goat weed a flop

Posted 28 January 2016

This article by Katharine Child from Times Live, reports on the media release of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Extracts:
Horny goat weed won’t make you horny, despite being an ingredient in many over-the-counter natural supplements that promise an improved libido.

Experts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in North Carolina, in the US, evaluated the most common ingredients in supplements sold to bolster male sexuality to see if they worked and were safe – and concluded that there was little evidence that they stimulated the libido.

“Herbal medicines are not tested for efficacy or safety,” said South African sexologist Dr Eve. “So, people should not be buying them – they are dangerous.”

Another sexologist, Elmari Mulder Craig, said many patients used herbal supplements instead of consulting a doctor. “Supplements work for only a week or two because of the placebo effect. “Erectile dysfunction could be a warning that within three to five years you will have a heart attack. You must be seen by a doctor or neurologist if you have erectile dysfunction.

“Usually herbal supplements don’t work. It’s throwing money in the fire,” said Mulder Craig.

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